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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to halt trial over census

Updated: 03-11-2018 02:49 IST
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request by President Donald Trump's administration to halt a trial set to begin on Monday that will test the legality of the government's contentious decision to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are citizens.

The administration had argued that there should be no trial in the legal challenge brought by 18 states to the citizenship question until the justices rule on a fight over evidence. That dispute includes whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, should be forced to answer questions under oath about his motivations for the politically charged decision.

An indefinite postponement of the trial, as sought by the administration, could have made it impossible to resolve the dispute before census forms are printed starting next year. (Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)

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