Three federal judges in the span of days found themselves in headlines for stopping, at least for now, the U.S. Justice Department from installing a new set of lawyers to advance the Trump administration’s quest to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
All three judges—in California, Maryland and New York—had earlier blocked the government from adding the question, and each judge is now weighing issues tied to the Justice Department’s attempt to swap in new attorneys. The maneuvering comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Trump, and after the June 30 deadline that the Justice Department claimed it needed to meet in order to finalize printing plans for the upcoming census.
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