Brett Favre will not give sworn testimony about the Mississippi welfare scandal this month after the Mississippi Department of Human Services notified the Hinds County Circuit Court that it has rescheduled his planned deposition for December instead. Favre’s lawyers and the State requested the change.
“Please take notice that at the request of counsel for Brett Favre, Plaintiff, Mississippi Department of Human Services by and through their attorneys of record, Jones Walker LLP, is re-noticing the deposition of Brett Lorenzo Favre in accordance with the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure beginning on Monday, December 11, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. CST at a location to be agreed on in the future and continuing from day to day until completed,” MDHS’s Oct. 6 court filing says. “The deposition will be conducted by oral examination before a court reporter authorized by law to take depositions and administer oaths. The deposition will be recorded by stenographic means. The deposition may be video recorded.”
The State did not give a reason for rescheduling Favre’s testimony. Previously, on Oct. 2, MDHS notified the court that it would depose Brett Favre at Hotel Indigo in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Oct. 26—just 12 days before the Nov. 7 statewide elections. The welfare scandal has been a central issue in the campaign for governor and other races.
The State and Favre’s attorneys previously motioned on Sept. 22 for the court to adopt a protective order that would have designated all deposition testimony as “Confidential or Highly Confidential” and would have concealed it from the media and public for 30 days. That would’ve kept Favre’s testimony secret until after the election, but the judge has not yet ruled on whether to adopt the protective order. If she does, Favre’s testimony could remain under seal until mid-January 2024.
Neither federal nor state investigators have accused the retired celebrity NFL star of a crime related to the welfare scandal, but he is among several dozen individuals targeted in MDHS’s civil lawsuit that seeks to claw back millions in misspent funds.
In 2020, Favre paid back $500,000 of a $1.1-million payment he received in
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