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USJudge in census case: New evidence alleging political motivation behind citizenship question 'raises a substantial issue'

00:31  20 june  2019
00:31  20 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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alleging political motivation behind citizenship question ' raises a substantial issue '. believes new evidence presented in a challenge to the 2020 census citizenship question " raises a Plaintiffs in the Maryland case note that their case brings up issues that were not discussed in the

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In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal trial judge said Wednesday that he believes new evidence presented in a challenge to the 2020 census citizenship question "raises a substantial issue."

The decision could lead to reopening one of three federal trials into the citizenship question and lead to further examinations of Republican redistricting consultant Thomas Hofeller's role in developing the question.

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Judge in census case : New evidence alleging political motivation behind citizenship question ' raises a substantial issue '. At trial, Hazel issued a split decision, blocking the question from appearing on the census but also finding the plaintiffs had not proven Ross' decision to add it was

Earlier this month, the ACLU and a team of lawyers at Arnold & Porter said that they had obtained a trove of documents from Hofeller, a deceased Republican redistricting expert who, they allege, played a significant role in the decision to add the question. Hofeller wrote a study in 2015 concluding that using "citizen voting age" population as the redistricting population base would be "advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites."

The administration has always denied political motivation, saying instead that the Justice Department had determined that the question was necessary to better comply with federal voting rights law.

Judge George Hazel of the US District Court in Maryland disagreed with the government's arguments that Hofeller's files were "not material and it would not produce a new outcome."

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Judge in census case : New evidence alleging political motivation behind citizenship question ' raises a substantial issue '. In a blow to the Trump administration, a federal trial judge said Wednesday that he believes new evidence presented in a challenge to the 2020 census citizenship

A federal judge in Maryland ruled Wednesday that new evidence in the case of a 2020 census citizenship question warrants further consideration. U.S. District Judge George Hazel said that the evidence uncovered by the plaintiffs " raises a substantial issue " for reasons to be outlined later in a

His order allows the groups suing the government -- alleging the question was developed with discriminatory intent and amounted to an illegal conspiracy -- to ask an appeals court to remand the case to his lower court.

The original Maryland trial, like those in New York and California, resulted in orders blocking the question from appearing on the census.

But the judge in Maryland ruled the plaintiffs had not proved that the government acted with discriminatory intent when in adding the question. Like in the other trials, Hazel said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' motives were unclear.

Plaintiffs believe the new evidence could sway that aspect in their favor.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on two other cases challenging the citizenship question. Plaintiffs in the Maryland case note that their case brings up issues that were not discussed in the cases heard in New York or California, and believe their challenge may proceed separately from matters before the Supreme Court.

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