Manatt’s John Libby, leader of the firm’s investigations and white collar defense group, spoke with Courthouse News on a California judge’s recent comments surrounding the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of California said during a status conference on July 10 that he doesn’t anticipate he and his court will “have a role to play for the foreseeable future,” according to Courthouse News.
Libby represented the city of San Jose and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in a California-based Census case over which Seeborg presided. The judge ruled in March that the Department of Justice didn’t provide a legitimate reason for adding a citizenship question to the Census.
Libby said his clients plan to “partake in discovery recently authorized by a federal judge in Maryland into whether the question was added to suppress minority participation,” and that his clients are considering adding an equal protection claim to their lawsuit.
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