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November 19, 2018 12:11 p.m.

Weekly Primer: The Supreme Court Gets Involved With The Census Fight

Just as a trial in New York over a Census citizenship question was winding down last week, the Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would be hearing oral arguments in February over what evidence lower courts can consider as they weigh the legality of the question. The Supreme Court’s involvement stems from the Justice Department’s efforts to block Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and DOJ official John Gore’s depositions in the case. Meanwhile, NPR noted that the former chief of staff for Gore is now a law clerk for Justice Samuel Alito. Over the weekend, the Justice Department sought to delay Judge Jesse Furman, the district court judge in New York, from continuing his court’s proceedings until after the Supreme Court has its review, and indicated it would be willing to ask for yet another Supreme Court intervention. Crystal Mason, the Texas woman who was sentenced to 5 years for illegally voting, is appealing her conviction. Her lawyers make a…

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