BREAKING: A federal judge sanctions the Justice Dept for failing to disclose at least 10%+ of documents required for the 2020 census litigation.
"To be sure, this was not DOJ’s finest hour," Judge Furman says.
Doc: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6921989-Census-sanctions.html …
Judge Furman won't issue more sanctions over another loose thread in the census case:
Evidence suggesting that GOP gerrymandering guru Thomas Hofeller concocted the citizenship q- explicitly to boost ‘Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.’
From 2019: https://www.courthousenews.com/blockbuster-evidence-suggests-bias-and-perjury-in-2020-census-case/ …
Even if true, Judge Furman rules, it would not have affected the outcome of the case, which is that the citizenship question challengers won.
"To be clear, that conclusion is not based on a finding that Plaintiffs’ troubling allegations are wrong," Furman notes.
So, Judge Furman hands the citizenship question challengers a mixed bag.
* He sanctions the DOJ for withholding evidence, in the form of attorney's fees.
* He won't order discovery or add'l sanctions over the Hofeller controversy, avoiding a potentially embarrassing inquiry.
"If there is more to the story, principles of judicial restraint counsel in favor of letting it be uncovered and told somewhere else," Judge Furman says.
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