Judge Rejects Justice Department Request to Change Lawyers on Census Case
On Tuesday, a federal judge in New York rejected the request of Justice Department to change its legal team midway through a case challenging the efforts of administration of Trump to add a citizenship question to the year of 2020 census.
The stridently worded order, by District Judge Jesse M. Furman of United States might further shuffle an already struggling battle by the management to save the citizenship question. Efforts to block it have become a critical political issue as the after that census and the redrawing of political boundaries in the year 2021 that will use new census data.
If the department wants to continue with the switch of the legal teams, the judge wrote that the lawyers should offer sworn affidavits in which they have to explain their departures and remain under the jurisdiction of the court should they be required to come back.
On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union and other plaintiffs led by Attorney General of New York Letitia James had asked the judge to block the reassignment of the case of Justice Department without giving a reason for the withdrawal. The group said it still had questions about the move, on Tuesday.
Dale Ho, the A.C.L.U.’s lead attorney on the case said that, ‘The Justice Department owes the courts and the public a clarification for its unprecedented substitution of the entire legal team that has been working on this case’. ‘The administration of Donald Trump is acting like it has something to bury, and we won’t rest till then we know the truth.’ Mr. Barr said, ‘we decided that not to put them in that position’.