Not surprisingly given the disputes that had arisen over exactly what her original injunction actually covered, a Wisconsin Judge has issued a second injunction barring any aspect of the law from being implemented:
“Further implementation of the act is enjoined,” said Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi.
Sumi noted her original restraining order issued earlier this month was clear in saying that the state should not proceed with implementing the law. The Walker administration did so after the bill was published Friday by a state agency not included in Sumi’s earlier temporary restraining order.
“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear,” she said.
But minutes later, outside the court room, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the legislation “absolutely” is still in effect.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) balked at that statement.
“It’s just startling that the attorney general believes you should not follow court orders anymore,” he said.
The restraining order is in effect until Friday, when more testimony will be taken. At that point, Sumi could rule on whether the law should be suspended for a longer period.
I’ll confess to being somewhat astounded that the Attorney General would think that the state can simply ignore this injunction without applying for further relief from an appeals court to get the order stayed. Additionally, what makes this entire episode even more odd is the fact that we’re merely dealing with a Temporary Restraining Order here: