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Stray Observations From Day 2 Of The Kobach Voting Rights Trial

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March 7, 2018 6:37 p.m.

Today was definitely a quieter day in the Kobach voting rights trial. Fewer members of the public showed up to watch.

The ACLU, which is representing some of the plaintiffs, plans to screen a video of Kris Kobach being deposed. That screening was initially expected today, but has been pushed back to tomorrow. There has been a lot of anticipation around this video, particularly because Kobach’s team has tried repeatedly to block it from being played. In the deposition, Kobach discusses draft proposals he presented to the Trump transition team for weakening the voter-protection law at the heart of this case, the National Voter Registration Act.

Kobach’s legal team’s bumbling emerged as today’s major theme. I wrote about a few of the instances in which the judge lectured them about proper trial procedure.

But those weren’t the only problems. There were other occasions where the trial was delayed because his legal team needed to find a document or work through a procedural issue. It’s definitely looking like this trial is going to bleed into next week.

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