March 12, 2018
Kobach’s latest legal embarrassment drags into second week
Topeka, KS – Week two of the federal trial over Kris Kobach’s voter suppression tactics in Kansas begins today, and if the incompetence shown by Kobach and his legal team last week keeps up, Kobach’s in for several more rough days.
Just to recap what happened last week:
“[Kobach’s] team dropped papers, did not have enough copies of exhibits, and at one point, accidentally handed the ACLU a copy of an exhibit with their notes on it. When Sue Becker, an attorney with Kobach’s office, cross-examined Bucci, the attorney seemed not to understand basic legal rules…The judge also had to explain to Becker how to lay the foundation before presenting evidence.” – ThinkProgress
“At one point in federal court Tuesday, Judge Julie Robinson gave Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his co-counsel a lesson they should have learned before deciding to defend themselves against the ACLU in a landmark voting rights case that could affect the future of how Americans register to vote.
“‘I’m not going to allow anybody to testify to a document that’s not in evidence,’ she said. ‘Evidence 101. I’m not going to do it.’” – ThinkProgress
“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.” – Kansas City Star
“Video of Kobach’s [previous] deposition was screened before a small crowd at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kan., Friday against Kobach’s objections…”
“The video shows Kobach to…appear uncomfortable during some portions of the deposition, rubbing his eyes and crossing his hands as the ACLU peppered him with questions.” – Kansas City Star
Whether he’s wrapped up in expensive legal battles or marching lockstep with Brownback’s spectacularly failed agenda, Kobach has repeatedly failed to show the basic competence to be the next governor of our great state. Kansas Democrats have an array of qualified candidates running for governor who are ready to move Kansas into the future.