Deposition of Wilbur Ross

The U.S.D.C. for the S.D.N.Y (per Furman, J.) has ordered that Sec. of Commerce Wilbur Ross be deposed in an action brought by New York State challenging Ross’ decision to reinstate a question concerning citizenship status on the 2020 census questionnaire.

Applying well-established principles to the unusual facts of these cases, the Court concludes that the question is not a close one: Secretary Ross must sit for a deposition because, among other things, his intent and credibility are directly at issue in these cases.

 

8 thoughts on “Deposition of Wilbur Ross”

  1. Thank you. This is interesting (and welcome) news. The word "close" in the phrase "not a close [question]" is clearly being used in a specialized legal sense. What does it mean in this context?

    1. I don't think "close" is being used in a specialized sense, rather that "question" is being given overtones of "contest". In other words, it's so obvious that Ross should be deposed that the issue should never have been brought in front of the court in the first place.

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