The ruling comes after a two-week trial in Manhattan that the government sought more than a dozen times to derail. The Supreme Court may have the last word, though the court will have to move quickly to let the Census Bureau meet its June deadline to start printing the questionnaire. Critics of the question -- "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" -- said it was an attempt by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to promote a Trump administration effort to undercount Hispanics and other minorities.
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, the first major ruling in cases contending that officials ramrodded the question through for Republican political purposes to intentionally undercount immigrants.
The Justice Department has released a report that broadens restrictions on internet gambling beyond betting on sports. The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel said in a November 2018 report that was released late on Monday that a law called the Wire Act, which had been interpreted in 2011 to ban sports gambling, also applies to non-sports-related betting. "While the Wire Act is not a model of artful drafting, we conclude that the words of the statute are sufficiently clear and that all but one of its prohibitions sweep beyond sports gambling," the opinion said.
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said the 18 U.S. states, 15 cities and various civil rights groups that challenged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' addition of the question proved it was more likely than not that they would be harmed if it were added. Furman also said Ross's decision to add the question was "arbitrary and capricious" and violated federal law, despite a lack of proof that the commerce secretary was motivated by discriminatory intent.
The justices were asked in November to decide if Whitaker was legally installed as the temporary successor of ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.