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Shopping it around: 'Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 10, 2019 04:15PM
Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers
source: [thehill.com]

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Department of Justice's bid to swap attorneys working on a case involving the census citizenship question, the second judge to do so in as many days.

Judge George Hazel wrote that he agrees with the other judge's "well-reasoned order" rejecting the Trump administration's proposed change in legal teams, saying "that a shift in counsel at this late stage may be disruptive to an already complicated and expedited case."
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Re: Shopping it around: 'Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers'
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 10, 2019 04:23PM
Given that those two attempts didn't work, next steps will be to make something "happen" to the existing legal team so that they can no longer work on the case.

Mysterious deaths? Sudden retirements?

Or maybe something will "happen" to the judge.
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Re: Shopping it around: 'Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers'
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 10, 2019 04:27PM
The withdrawal of lawyers who had been handling the cases across several federal courts for more than a year fueled worries from outside spectators that the attorneys were not comfortable making different legal arguments than the ones they've made previously – speculation that Hazel appeared to touch on in his opinion Wednesday.

"Defendants must realize that a change in counsel does not create a clean slate for a party to proceed as if prior representations made to the court were not in fact made," the judge wrote. "A new DOJ team will need to be prepared to address these, and other, previous representations made by the withdrawing attorneys at the appropriate juncture."
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Re: Shopping it around: 'Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers'
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 10, 2019 06:25PM
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GGD
Given that those two attempts didn't work, next steps will be to make something "happen" to the existing legal team so that they can no longer work on the case.

Mysterious deaths? Sudden retirements?

Or maybe something will "happen" to the judge.

Two attorneys were allowed to withdraw because, IIRC, they were retiring or leaving the DOJ.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2019 06:25PM by Speedy.
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Re: Shopping it around: 'Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers'
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: July 11, 2019 10:03AM
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Speedy
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GGD
Given that those two attempts didn't work, next steps will be to make something "happen" to the existing legal team so that they can no longer work on the case.

Mysterious deaths? Sudden retirements?

Or maybe something will "happen" to the judge.

Two attorneys were allowed to withdraw because, IIRC, they were retiring or leaving the DOJ.

They've already left DoJ employment.



rj
AKA
Vreemac, Moth of the Future
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