The county judge in Maryland on Wednesday ruled that new evidence on the issue of citizenship of the census deserves greater attention by opening the possibility of returning to the Supreme Court again, even after being guided, as is expected this month. 19659002] The civil rights groups, which judged the government to add a civil issue to the population census in 2020, asked George Hazel, a judge at the US District Court, to reconsider whether the government is guilty of plotting and intending to discriminate against new Evidence in this case occurred last month. Files found on hard drives of a deceased Republican strategist for redistribution suggest that he communicated with Trump's administration of how to get the question of citizenship in the study and that the strategist had determined that adding the issue would create an advantage for Republicans and non-Spaniards white. In his decision Tuesday, Hazel writes that the plaintiffs' proposal "raises a substantive issue" in the case.
Hazel ruled in April over the matter by joining two other federal judges to find that the government had violated administrative law when he added. last year. But he did not find enough evidence in support of the claimants' claims that the government intended to discriminate against immigrants, Latin Americans and Asian Americans by adding the matter, or adding it as part of a conspiracy in the Trump administration for violating constitutional law.
The case is technically closed in the Hazel court. He is now in the 4th District Court of Appeal, which can either return Hazel's case, or decide to rule, regardless of his recommendation. Hazel's decision means that the plaintiffs' lawyers can now request the appellate court to return the case to him. But the Maryland claimants also argue that the administration intends to cause minority shortages in violation of the Fifth Amendment Equality Clause and has conspired to deprive racial minorities of their constitutional rights. If Hazel or the Appellate Court decide that this is the case, their decision will raise the issue in areas that the High Court is not currently discussing, and the litigation will extend to the autumn.
At a hearing in Greenbelt, Md. the plaintiffs' lawyers argue that the new evidence is sufficient to prove a clear connection between the strategist Thomas Hoffer and the Trump administration officials who insisted that the question be added. Attorneys from the Ministry of Justice at the hearing tried to discredit new evidence, questioning its relevance and authenticity.
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"This is a significant move from the district court that trusts what we all know that the government has conspired to discriminate Latin Americans and immigrants in color when it adds a citizenship issue. to the census of the population in 2020, "said Andrea Senteno, regional counselor of the Mexican American Legal Protection and Education Fund (MALDEF), plaintiff in the case.
Requests for comments from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce were not immediate
Opponents of the matter say that this would undermine the participation of Latinos and immigrants, which would lead to an inaccurate number. Census data is used to determine hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding, as well as distribution and redistribution in Congress.
The Supreme Court has speeded up the issue to allow the census forms to be sent to the printer in July, and is expected to announce a decision before its expiration next week. In an April argument, the conservative majority seems to tend to postpone the authority of Secretary of State Wilber Ross to add questions to the census form, including that on citizenship.
But after the new evidence emerged, the New York Civil Rights Chambers asked the High Court to postpone its decision, saying that if it is not ready to confirm the decisions of the lower courts, it must return the matter back to a lower court to consider new evidence.
If Hazel regains jurisdiction and revokes his conviction and intent to discriminate, the case could be brought before the Supreme Court when it resumes in the autumn.
"Today's news opens the possibility that there may be additional viable legal disputes over the issue of citizenship beyond what the Supreme Court already has," said Thomas Wolf, Advisor on the Democracy Program at the Brennan Justice Center in the Legal University of New York.
The Ministry of Justice denied that Hoffer influenced the administration's decision to add the issue and characterized the new claims as "frivolous" last efforts to divert the Supreme Court's decision.
The plaintiff's lawyers also suggested in court that the July deadline for printing the forms could not be fixed, noting that the chief census of the census bureau had said that the forms could only be printed in October this year .
Hazel is expected to issue an opinion in more detail. Meanwhile, Shankar Durishsuami, a lawyer at Covington and Burling, who represents some of Maryland's plaintiffs, said that Hazel's wish to reconsider his original decision "highlights the significance of Hoffer's papers … these documents make it crystal clear that by adding this issue , the Trump administration was meant to deprive Latin Americans and immigrants of political representation. "
Judge Jesse Furman, who ruled on the matter in New York, told a hearing earlier this month that the new evidence are serious, but refused to act on it, until later in the summer there is no more formal proceedings
While attorneys continue to screen Hoffer's files, more material has come up, and last week documents appeared, that he was in direct contact with the top census person Christa Jones as early as 2015 to add a citizenship issue, while lawyers say his business partner has avoided the computer summons he has taken from Hoffer's house after his death his.
the administration referred to the executive privilege this month to hold documents related to the matter requested by the Democracy-led oversight committee. Commission Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md) on Tuesday sent a letter to Jones asking for an interview. Lawyers also searched for computers removed from Hofferr's house by his business partner, but said the partner had avoided his summons.