The New Black Panther Election Day Intimidation story isn’t new. It’s literally been in the press since Election Day, 2008. This weekend, the story took a new twist, thanks to J. Christian Adams’s op-ed. Here’s what will infuriate fair-minded Americans:
On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia. They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers. After the election, the Justice Department brought a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and those armed thugs. I and other Justice attorneys diligently pursued the case and obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the charges. Before a final judgment could be entered in May 2009, our superiors ordered us to dismiss the case.
The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.
We’ve known that the New Black Panthers didn’t bother to put up a legal fight. There’s no defending something with that much visual evidence. That’s a case even I could win. The facts speak for themselves.
That part isn’t new.
What’s new is that a prosecutor working the case has stepped forward to accuse the assistant attorney general for civil rights, Tom Perez, of testifying that the “facts and law” did not support this case. Here’s something else that’s new:
Most corrupt of all, the lawyers who ordered the dismissal, Loretta King, the Obama-appointed acting head of the Civil Rights Division, and Steve Rosenbaum, did not even read the internal Justice Department memorandums supporting the case and investigation. Just as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. admitted that he did not read the Arizona immigration law before he condemned it, Mr. Rosenbaum admitted that he had not bothered to read the most important department documents detailing the investigative facts and applicable law in the New Black Panther case. Christopher Coates, the former Voting Section chief, was so outraged at this dereliction of responsibility that he actually threw the memos at Mr. Rosenbaum in the meeting where they were discussing the dismissal of the case. The department subsequently removed all of Mr. Coates’ responsibilities and sent him to South Carolina.
Let’s swap out the New Black Panthers Party and insert white supremacists. Let’s swap out the white voters and insert black voters. Is there any doubt but that the white supremacists would’ve been prosecuted, convicted and received the maximum sentence? Of course there isn’t. The facts speak for themselves. It’s that obvious.
Most disgusting is this information:
Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it “payback time.” Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.
If this information is the truth, then it’s time to start cleaning out the Obama Injustice Department. It’s corrupt to the point that Loretta King, Steve Rosenbaum and Tom Perez should probably be brought up on ethics charges, if not criminal charges.
If the law isn’t applied equally to everyone, then it’s worthless.
I’d love seeing a reporter at Monday’s White House Briefing ask Robert Gibbs why this case was dropped. Further, I’d love seeing the White House press corps pepper him with question after question on this subject.
If the media won’t question these actions, then that should be the final nail in the Agenda Media’s coffin. If the Agenda Media won’t ask questions about such a vile potential scandal, then they’re complicit in any potential scandal.
With the exception of the Nixon administration, I haven’t read about this type of corruption since I started following politics. If the NBPP isn’t held accountable for their acts of intimidation, then this administration needs to be swept into the dustbin of history during the 2012 elections.
There’s no excusing this, though the bloggers at MainJustice attempt to do just that in this post:
When the George W. Bush Justice Department filed a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party in January, it invoked a rarely used provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act to allege voter intimidation.
It was the second time the Bush DOJ filed suit under Section 11 (b) of the landmark civil rights legislation, both times targeting black defendants.
The common denominator in these unusual applications of Section 11 (b) is J. Christian Adams, a line attorney at the Justice Department who compiled the Black Panthers case and also worked on a 2005 federal lawsuit against black officials in Mississippi accused of discriminating against whites.
Adams is a career Voting Section lawyer. He is also a foot soldier in the conservative movement, hired into the Justice Department during the Bush administration under a process the departmentâ€™s Inspector General concluded was improperly politicized.
Adamsâ€™s background helps explain how a relatively minor incident in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election involving two members of an anti-white fringe group blossomed into a political controversy for the Obama administration.
“Adams’ background helps explain how a relatively minor incident in Philadelphia…blossomed into a political controversy“? Excuse me? This wasn’t an isolated incident like these bloggers would have you believe:
Some have called the actions in Philadelphia an isolated incident, not worthy of federal attention. To the contrary, the Black Panthers in October 2008 announced a nationwide deployment for the election. We had indications that polling-place thugs were deployed elsewhere, not only in November 2008, but also during the Democratic primaries, where they targeted white Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters. In any event, the law clearly prohibits even isolated incidents of voter intimidation.
Let these lefty bloggers whine all they want about Adams’ political affiliation. They’re utterly irrelevant to this story. What’s relevant is that the New Black Panther Party was caught on tape committing acts of voter intimidation. Res ipsa loquitur. The facts speak for themselves.
It’s that simple.
Technorati: Scandal, New Black Panther Party, Corruption, Voting Rights Act, Eric Holder, Loretta King, Steve Rosenbaum, Department Of Justice, Ethics, Criminal Charges, President Obama, Democrats, J. Christian Adams, Op-ed, Resignation
Cross-posted at California Conservative