(WASHINGTON POST) – The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments Friday over whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross can be compelled to testify in a case regarding the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census.
The addition of the question, which opponents say is a political move that will make the census less accurate and more costly, has been challenged in six lawsuits around the country. In New York, a trial is underway in federal court over a multistate lawsuit attempting to block the question.
In that case, U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman made a preliminary finding that there was evidence the Trump administration acted in bad faith, moving forward the lawsuit, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, and allowing for Ross to be deposed.
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