(CNSNews.com) – A federal judge in Ohio ruled Friday that a lawsuit filed against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for allegedly engaging in “viewpoint discrimination” while processing applications for tax exempt status by ten conservative groups has “a likelihood of success on the merits”.
U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett also ordered the IRS to stop stalling and start processing the application submitted by the Fort Worth-based Texas Patriots Tea Party (TPTP) back in 2012 “in the ordinary course of business”.
“The evidence strongly suggests that the IRS initiated the delay because TPTP’s application was perceived at the screening state to be a Tea Party case,” the judge wrote in his 29-page ruling, which was publicly released last week.
On May 10, 2013 Lois Lerner, the former director of IRS Exempt Organizations, publicly acknowledged that the IRS had been targeting conservative groups.
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