Supreme Court won't stop climate change lawsuit

Artist's rendering of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court bench with fellow justices.                        William J. Hennessy Jr

Artist's rendering of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court bench with fellow justices. William J. Hennessy Jr

The plaintiffs said the citizenship question is an intimidation tactic to discourage immigrants from responding. The court said in a three-page, unsigned order that ordinarily the request the government made to the justices for the case to be dismissed has to be made to a lower court first. "The court appears to have coalesced around a narrow compromise to defuse, for the moment, major litigation against the Trump administration".

The Trump administration has been seeking to restrict the evidence the challengers can use, saying the case should be limited to the administrative record - the materials the Commerce Department says were used to make the decision to include the question.

The vote total was not released, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch said they would have ruled in favor of the administration.

Last month, Ross, in a Justice Department filing, said he now remembers speaking with former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon a year ago about adding a citizenship question to the census.

The government has tried repeatedly to stop the youth climate lawsuit since it was filed in 2015.

Trial in the case had been scheduled to begin earlier this week in Eugene, Oregon, but the Supreme Court temporarily halted the trial earlier this month.

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"You really have to wonder what they're trying to hide".

The justices issued an order Friday rejecting the administration's request to postpone the trial, which is set to start on Monday in NY.

The administration, for its part, says the question will allow the Justice Department to enforce the Voting Rights Act more effectively.

There has not been a census question about citizenship status since 1950.

Previously, U.S. District Court Judge Jesse M. Furman said that President Donald Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must sit for deposition in the lawsuit over the controversial question. A Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, declined comment on the Supreme Court's action Friday.

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