Second judge blocks request to change lawyers in census case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second judge has denied a request from the Justice Department to switch up the legal team fighting to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
The latest order came Wednesday in Maryland.
In a separate case, a federal judge in New York said Tuesday the Justice Department couldn’t change lawyers so late in the dispute without giving satisfactory reasons.
The rulings deal a significant blow to the department and Attorney General William Barr, who had personally approved changing up the team.
The Supreme Court has barred including a citizenship question, at least temporarily.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the judge’s decision.
In a third case, a judge in San Francisco hasn’t yet agreed to allow the Justice Department to replace its legal team.