"The computers are extremely likely to contain relevant and responsive materials that should have been disclosed during pretrial discovery. Moreover, Plaintiffs have established that substantial numbers of documents were not disclosed, which satisfies the court that some form of 'fraud, misrepresentation, or misconduct' likely occurred," the unanimous opinion said.
This is not a Dane County judge, by the way, but a three-judge panel.
The judicial panel consists of J.P. Stadtmueller of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Diane P. Wood of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Robert M. Dow Jr. of the Northern District of Illinois. Stadtmueller was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan; Wood was appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton; and Dow was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush.
Perhaps the best part of the story is this paragraph discussing the work of a firm hired by the GOP legislators to help in the case.
The Legislature recently hired a new law firm, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, to respond to the long-simmering lawsuit, but the judges dismissed the work by that firm in Monday's opinion, writing that "the response briefs submitted were largely unhelpful and lacking in persuasive legal authority."