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Judge blasts US lawyers for stalling census trial ruling

NEW YORK — A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to government lawyers in a trial over adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, saying “enough is enough” with their efforts to delay his ruling.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York rejected the latest request Tuesday, calling the federal government’s tactics strange, puzzling, extraordinary, most galling and an insult to the court’s intelligence.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

Furman heard testimony earlier this month. The government is supposed to file written arguments with the judge Wednesday. Oral arguments are scheduled for Nov. 27.

The judge will then work on a ruling over whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross acted legally when he chose to add a citizenship question to the census for the first time in over five decades.

The Associated Press