CENSUS/COMMERCE/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WILBER ROSS: “The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to block Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from having to face a deposition on the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census. In papers filed with the court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the justices that a panel of judges on the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to uphold a district court ruling that allows the deposition to proceed…Within the hour, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who has jurisdiction over the 2nd Circuit — issued a temporary stay. Acting alone, she said the lower court opinion would be put on hold at least until the challengers had filed their response by 4 p.m. Thursday [10-11-18]. The full court is then likely to weigh in. The filing could prove to be the first time Justice Brett Kavanaugh is asked to weigh in on a matter of interest to President Donald Trump, who put him on the bench. The case arises from a lawsuit filed by New York and several other states challenging the decision to add the citizenship question. Ross has said publicly that he added the question to comply with the Voting Rights Act, but his critics charge that his real motive was to reduce the representation of immigrant populations.”

Ariane de Vogue, “Census citizenship-question case goes to Supreme Court,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, October 9, 2018 10:30 pm