Federal Judges Deny Request to Switch Out 2020 Census Case Legal Team

The Trump Administration’s Bid To Swap Lawyers In The Census Cases Is Not Going Well
– BuzzFeed

Manatt’s John Libby, leader of the firm’s investigations and white collar defense group, spoke with BuzzFeed on the Trump administration’s ongoing effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

On July 8, the Justice Department asked judges in California, Maryland and New York for permission to replace its previous team of lawyers from Census cases in these states with new counsel, according to BuzzFeed. All three judges denied the request over the next 48 hours, concluding the Justice Department’s filings failed to comply with court rules or, at a minimum, lacked information.

Libby told BuzzFeed that U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of California said the Justice Department’s withdrawal notice didn’t comply with the court’s rules, and that the department could try again with more specifics.

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