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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said the government's request to switch lawyers was 'patently deficient'. "Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,' for the substitution of counsel," Furman wrote. Furman ordered each of the attorneys to submit sworn affidavits explaining their "satisfactory reasons" for withdrawing.

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The plaintiffs in the case ― a group of states and advocacy groups ― are also seeking sanctions against the department for allegedly misleading them about the way the citizenship question was added. Furman also ordered that the lawyers who want to withdraw be available for any proceedings around that request.

It's normal for attorneys to give reasons to "come and go on cases," said Justin Levitt, a former top official in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. But it was unusual to switch out an entire team of lawyers "in overtime, with no explanation," he added.

"It's not normal for a court to deny a request to swap out an entire trial team. It's not normal for either a President or an Attorney General to promise open defiance of the Supreme Court," he said. "No part of this is normal. No part of this is even normal-adjacent."

It is "exceptionally unusual" for a judge to deny a DOJ request to switch attorneys, said Sasha Samberg-Champion, another former Justice Department attorney. "Usually DOJ lawyers are treated as pretty fungible for representation purposes," he added.

The order, Samberg-Champion said, "suggests that Judge Furman is viewing these departing lawyers as, essentially, witnesses to potential misconduct whose testimony may be relevant to a sanctions motion."

Looks like somebody ticked off Judge Furman and he's throwing the book of law at them. The affidavits should be enlightening since the attorneys who refused to carry Trump's water any further have to tell the court the reason why under penalty of sanctions or worse.

Barr is going to severely segment the DOJ pitting attorney against attorney if this goes in the direction it's looking.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-09 10:32 PM | Reply

Reason: They realized they were the baddies.

#2 | Posted by bored at 2019-07-09 10:45 PM | Reply

I would tell the judge to sit down and shut up. He has nothing to say about it.

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-07-11 01:56 PM | Reply

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