Judge: Claims of political motives in census fight ‘serious’

NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that Republicans pushed to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census because they thought it would give white people an electoral advantage are "serious," a judge said Wednesday as he put the matter on a slow track to keep it out of the way of an imminent Supreme Court ruling.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman spoke in a crowded New York courtroom where some anticipated he'd quickly get to claims made last week by opponents of the citizenship question.

The high court is considering the Justice Department's appeal of rulings by Furman and two other judges in California and Maryland who concluded that the question was improperly added to the census last year by the Commerce Department without adequate consideration.

"I am acutely aware of the fact it is currently pending before the Supreme Court," Furman said of the status of court cases testing the legality of adding the question for the first time since 1950.

Still, he said the new allegations based on documents discovered last summer "are serious.Read more on NewsOK.com

NEW YORK (AP) — Allegations that Republicans pushed to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census because they thought it would give white people an electoral advantage are "serious," a judge said Wednesday as he put the matter on a slow track to keep it out of the way of an imminent Supreme Court ruling.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman spoke in a crowded New York courtroom where some anticipated he'd quickly get to claims made last week by opponents of the citizenship question.

The high court is considering the Justice Department's appeal of rulings by Furman and two other judges in California and Maryland who concluded that the question was improperly added to the census last year by the Commerce Department without adequate consideration.

"I am acutely aware of the fact it is currently pending before the Supreme Court," Furman said of the status of court cases testing the legality of adding the question for the first time since 1950.

Still, he said the new allegations based on documents discovered last summer "are serious.
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