Judge denies state's refugee-hearing request; still delayed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied Indiana’s request to delay a court hearing until documents are handed over by a nonprofit group suing Gov. Mike Pence.

However, the judge still postponed a January hearing until February.

U.S District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt did not offer a detailed explanation for her decision in Tuesday’s ruling.

Exodus Refugee Immigration, which helps resettle refugees, seeks a preliminary injunction of Pence’s order blocking state agencies from assisting in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. It has argued it could be harmed if the state withholds funding.

Pence’s lawyers say they need records dating back to 2011 before proceeding with the hearing.

Walton Pratt said there’s an urgency to the injunction request and that there will be no further delays if the documents aren’t turned over.

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