NEW: Federal Court Orders Deposition for Chicago Mayor’s Office Rep over Racist Interview Policy

Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court ordered the deposition of a representative of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office in a lawsuit over her discriminatory interview policy. The court granted the request for discovery during a hearing this morning. In doing so, the court rejected arguments by the mayor’s lawyers against discovery and to dismiss the legal challenge.

Judicial Watch filed a motion for limited jurisdictional discovery after Mayor Lightfoot’s office once again changed its explanation about when and how she would only grant interviews to “journalists of color.” Only after Judicial Watch filed its lawsuit and the mayor had to defend her actions in court did the public learn that the racially biased criteria only applied to a purported “press tour.”

On May 27, 2021, Judicial Watch filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of the Daily Caller News Foundation and reporter Thomas Catenacci against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for violating their First Amendment Rights and Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment (Catenacci et al v. Lightfoot (No. 1:21-cv-02852)).

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