A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, appealed the addition of a citizenship question to the census to the sub-tribunal to determine whether the Trump administration acted with discriminatory intent when it decided to ask for citizenship.
The split three-member jury on the 4th . US Circuit Court of Appeals announced in a ruling on Tuesday that it had referred the case back to the Federal District Court in Maryland to initiate further proceedings for claims for equal protection.
] The verdict was issued after immigrant rights groups had presented evidence to the Judge of the US District Court George Hazel in Maryland, which was found on hard disks of the Republican redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller, who died in August.
The records showed that Hofeller was talking to a representative of the Ministry of Commerce about the transition over adding the citizenship question to the census. E-mails found on Hofeller's devices also indicated that the inclusion of the citizenship issue would provide political and political benefits to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.
"As more and more pieces of the puzzle are placed on the mat, a disturbing picture of the motives of the decision-makers takes shape", he said
The decision of the Richmond court adds to the ongoing dispute over the decision of the Trump administration, add the citizenship question to the census, adding another crease.
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A ruling by The Supreme Court is expected to decide on Wednesday whether the Trump government can include the citizenship issue in the census. In this case, the challengers argued that the Trump administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution when they decided to ask for citizenship in the census.
The discovery of Hofeller's evidence, however, worsened the disputes by 11 hours. While the Trump administration said it had decided to include the Citizenship Question in the census to ensure better enforcement of the Voting Act, states, cities, and groups questioning the move argue that the findings undermine these allegations.
The New York court, which heard the dispute over the results for the first time this month, however, said that Judge Jesse Furman would wait for the Supreme Court's decision.
The American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing the organizations asked The Supreme Court this month was considering moving its verdict in the light of the new evidence.
The Ministry of Justice, however, has pushed back the results and demands of the challengers. In a letter to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Attorney General Noel Francisco called the allegation that the Trump government acted with discriminatory intent a "speculative conspiracy theory that is not supported by the evidence and legally irrelevant."