Donald Trump’s Department of Justice was blocked from bringing in a new team of attorneys to argue the 2020 Census case — that the DOJ already lost at the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the DOJ attempted to bring in an entirely new slate of attorneys.
Judge Jesse Furman rejected almost all of the attempted move during an order released on Tuesday.
The judge said the motion by the DOJ was “patently deficient,” except in the case of two attorneys who were allowed to leave the case as they no longer work for the DOJ.
“Defendants provide no reason, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons’ for the substitution of counsel,” Furman wrote in his order.
The DOJ’s motion to withdraw certain attorneys is “patently insufficient,” Furman said in a scorching 3-page ruling.
Only two attorneys who left DOJ’s civil division, Brett Shumate and Alice LeCour, will be allowed to withdraw. Several others must stay. pic.twitter.com/E3zdTiVjkt
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 9, 2019
Judge Furman isn’t happy with this at all https://t.co/6K6F5fi7Ha
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) July 9, 2019
Furman's order is "without prejudice," which means DOJ can try again — the judge says that if they do, the lawyers will have to provide "satisfactory reasons" for withdrawing and confirm they'll still submit to the jurisidiction of the court re: any upcoming motions for sanctions pic.twitter.com/eHrVsjNwkD
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) July 9, 2019