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Second judge rejects Justice Department request to change census lawyers

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Department of JusticeA 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."

Hazel, an Obama appointee, said that he would ultimately be open to allowing the DOJ lawyers to leave the case and ruled in such a way that will allow the request to be made again. However, he added, "under the unique circumstances of this request, more specific assurances will first need to be provided."


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