U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson has repeatedly warned [Kansas Secretary of State Kris] Kobach’s team about trying to introduce evidence that has not been shared with the plaintiffs during the first three days of the high stakes trial, which will determine whether thousands can vote in Kansas this November.
Kobach complained that the parties in the case “are relying on numbers that are stale” after the judge blocked a line of questioning to Bryan Caskey, the state director of elections, on data that had not been provided to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing the plaintiffs in the case before the U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.
This triggered a rebuke from Robinson after three days of polite warnings on the rules of legal procedure in the face of multiple hiccups from Kobach’s team.
“We're not going to have a trial by ambush here... You're stuck with what you provided to them by the deadline,” Robinson said.
"No, no. That's not how trials are conducted," she told Kobach during the exchange.
Sue Becker, an attorney on Kobach’s team, tried to interject. “Let me finish,” the judge said as she continued on with her admonishment.
Kobach’s office had two years to update the data on suspended voters being used in the case and waited until the week of the trial to try and work in new numbers into the case, Robinson said.
I know things go wrong so often, but dang that makes it so delightful when they go right.