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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker appeals redistricting deposition order



AP FILE PHOTO - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, left, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald voice their support for interstate tolling in Wisconsin at a meeting of the Wisconsin Counties Association on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer).

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has appealed a ruling that would force him to be questioned by attorneys representing Democratic voters in a federal redistricting lawsuit.

Vos on Friday appealed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel on May 3 ruled that Vos is subject to questioning and must turn over documents as part of the lawsuit alleging the Republican-drawn maps are an unconstitutional gerrymander.

The judicial panel on Monday rejected Vos’s request that its order be put on hold.

Vos argues he can’t be deposed due to legislative privilege, which protects lawmakers from being sued.

An attorney for Democrats says in a letter to Vos’s attorney that if does not turn over documents by May 22 and sit for a deposition on May 29 Vos will be in contempt of court.