What happened is as follows: the Republicans in Wisconsin's state government used some parliamentary maneuvers to pass laws restricting collective bargaining and other laws which would more tightly restrict the ability of labour unions to operate - including the ending of mandatory deduction of union dues.
However, the State went ahead and began implementing the law regardless, halting the collection of union dues through salary deductions.
Judge Sumi was not amused.
"Further implementation of the act is enjoined," said Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi.Judge Sumi's reaction - and a energetic reaction from the media - led the Wisconsin administration to announce its intention to abide by the judge's order.
She 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.
Some might argue not - after all, there is a long tradition in the United States of elected officials defying the judiciary, all the way back to President Andrew Jackson defying the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Worcester v. Georgia, which of course led to the Trail of Tears. (One would both expect and hope that the consequences of what is happening in Wisconsin will of course be less dire.)
In any case, calmer heads have prevailed and it appears Wisconsin will now abide by the court order.