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Census Judge Sets Contempt Hearing for Wilbur Ross, Commerce

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A federal judge initiated contempt of court proceedings over allegations that the U.S. Commerce Department defied her order not to rush completion of the census.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said during a hearing Tuesday that Monday’s announcement that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is targeting Oct. 5 to wrap up the once-a-decade population count “is doing exactly” what she ordered the agency not to do last week. The judge said the proceeding could be identified by a more formal name but made clear she believes Ross violated the order.

“You don’t have to call it contempt,” she said. “You can call it something else.” The judge set a Friday hearing.

August Flentje, a lawyer for the Commerce Department, told the judge that her reaction was an abrupt shift from a hearing Monday, which was primarily concerned with her demand that the government produce an administrative record of decision-making behind the Ross’s announcement.

“To call this a contempt situation is not reasonable,” Flentje said. “We need significant time to address something that weighty.”


 

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“We need significant time to address something that weighty.”
Significant time - so that they can end the census over the next five days and have it a fait accompli.
 

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A federal judge initiated contempt of court proceedings over allegations that the U.S. Commerce Department defied her order not to rush completion of the census.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said during a hearing Tuesday that Monday’s announcement that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is targeting Oct. 5 to wrap up the once-a-decade population count “is doing exactly” what she ordered the agency not to do last week. The judge said the proceeding could be identified by a more formal name but made clear she believes Ross violated the order.

“You don’t have to call it contempt,” she said. “You can call it something else.” The judge set a Friday hearing.

August Flentje, a lawyer for the Commerce Department, told the judge that her reaction was an abrupt shift from a hearing Monday, which was primarily concerned with her demand that the government produce an administrative record of decision-making behind the Ross’s announcement.

“To call this a contempt situation is not reasonable,” Flentje said. “We need significant time to address something that weighty.”


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