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Who pressured Justice to drop case against voter intimidation in Philly?

by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Times reports today that the Department of Justice has taken the “unprecedented” step of dropping a case which they had already won by default judgment. Political appointees at Justice pressured career prosecutors into giving up on the case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers group in Philadelphia, who attempted to frighten voters away from the polls in the presidential election:

Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

The incident was videotaped and widely distributed on YouTube and Live Leak at the time

Recall, please, that Democrats screamed about the supposed politicization at Justice during Alberto Gonzales’ tenure as Attorney General for replacing political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the President. They claimed that the replacement of nine US Attorneys was a plan by the Bush administration, supposedly through Karl Rove and Harriet Miers, to affect the outcome of investigations and prosecutions. It touched off a Constitutional fight over executive privilege that continues to this day, as the House and Senate Judiciary Committees are still conducting its “investigations” into this supposed politicization.

This looks significantly more like politicization of outcomes that anything alleged during the Bush administration, especially since the DoJ already won the case. In fact, the government had prepared arguments for penalties against the men as late as May 5th, before the political commissars under Attorney General Eric Holder ordered them to withdraw. Holder, during his confirmation hearing, had called career DoJ lawyers his “teachers” and the “backbone” of Justice. Apparently, the political leadership trumps teachers and backbone when it comes to voter intimidation on behalf of Barack Obama.

So will the same Congressional committees open an investigation into this reversal to benefit voter intimidation on behalf of the administration? Will they go after actual politicization as energetically as they did implied politicization? You can ask them yourselves:

House Judiciary Committee: 202-225-3951

Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-7703, 202-224-5225


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  • The New Black Panther group is a hate group and whom ever did it we all should oppose. I think the order came from Obama. Why not the outcry like the leak over CIA agent crap.

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  • The libs are criminals.

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  • WTF? Where are the True Believers today to defend this?

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  • I am reading David Horowitz's Radical Son and am at the part where he describes interacting with Huey Newton and the Panthers. Horowitz's ideology blinded him at first to their thuggery until too many arrests, assaults and other questionable behavious painted a clear picture of the Panthers.

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  • When did us white folk become so week and passive? In the old days these dirt bags would be eating dirt at the very least!

    I would've loved to been there when that co ck sucker said "you're about to be ruled by a black man cracker" I would've started a fight right then and there and let that get splattered across the news and see how MSNBC and CNN could defend that!

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  • obama used the jedi moind trick on them and they did what he commanded oh shit!

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  • Disgraceful, and just a sign of what this admin will do in the future

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  • I'm all for prosicuting all hate groups when the opportunity arises. But I seriously doubt if the black panthers swayed a single vote in Philly. They were already going to vote for Obama in the first place, so it was a wasted effort. If they wanted to sway some votes, why not stand at the poles in a predominatly redneck town?

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  • What did you expect when you put a black man in the white house?

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  • I guess this means the KKK can stand in front of voting stations too, right?

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  • The New Nazi Brown Troops are on the march. Let them try that in my town. They will leave in boxes, so will anyone who supports them.

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  • Brothers have to look out for each other

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