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Federal judge denies DOJ’s motion to withdraw counsel in census citizenship question case

July 11, 2019

Via: Jurist

Judge Jesse Furman of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday denied the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) notice of motion to withdraw as counsel on a case concerning the census citizenship question.

The court analyzed two factors in determining whether to grant the motion: the reasons given for withdrawal and how the withdrawal would impact the timing of the proceedings. The court held that the DOJ had failed to provide adequate responses to both considerations: “Measured against those standards, Defendants’ motion is patently deficient.

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