State Employee Who Abruptly Resigned After Working on Texas' Noncitizens List May Be Avoiding Court Appearance

AUSTIN -- A federal judge weighing whether to block Texas' effort to investigate the citizenship of tens of thousands of people on its voter rolls said he wants to hear from a Secretary of State employee who abruptly resigned from the office. Betsy Schonhoff ran a nearly yearlong effort to match the state's voter lists with databases at the Department of Public Safety for people who had obtained driver's licenses when they weren't citizens.But she has not been served a subpoena, and there is evidence that she has been "evading service for five days," said Chad Dunn, a lawyer for Julie Hilberg, a naturalized citizen whom the investigation flagged for review.But U.S. District Judge Fred Biery made it clear he wanted to hear Schonhoff's testimony in his San Antonio court, saying he knows U.S. marshals "who are very good at finding people.""She's going to be here," he said.   Continue reading...

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