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Citing his busy schedule, Gov. Terry Branstad has put off the date for his deposition in a high-profile civil lawsuit until after the November election.
Branstad is scheduled to be deposed Nov. 26 in the lawsuit brought by former Workers' Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey, lawyers told The Associated Press. Branstad's attorney, George LaMarca, told Godfrey's attorney last month that the governor wasn't available on several dates in September or October. LaMarca said the first day the governor had open was Nov. 26. During the deposition, the governor will be questioned under oath about a case that has led to criticism of his management as heavy-handed. Godfrey sued Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and four aides over what he claims were illegal tactics to try to force his resignation. Godfrey left his state job last month after being appointed chairman and chief judge of the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board in Washington. D.C. Godfrey's attorney, Roxanne Conlin, initially called the Nov. 26 date unacceptable for Branstad's deposition and sought an Oct. 24 date instead. But the two sides reached agreement this week.