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DOJ Ignores Cases With Black Defendants, White Victims

DOJ Ignores Cases With Black Defendants, White Victims

JULY 06, 2010

 

In a racial double standard, the Obama Administration instructs government attorneys in the Justice Department’s civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.

The explosive revelation was made this week by a high-ranking Justice Department official who quit over the administration’s handling of a voter intimidation case against members of the radical black revolutionary group known as the New Black Panther Party. Career Justice Department attorneys were ordered to drop a complaint against the group for bullying voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 presidential election.

Clad in military attire, members were captured on video tape intimidating white voters as they attempted to enter a polling place. The Black Panther bullies used weapons, racial insults and profanity to deter voters and federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint in Philadelphia. The case was mysteriously and abruptly killed by a top Justice Department official just as a federal judge was preparing to punish the Black Panthers for ignoring the charges and refusing to appear in court.

The order came from Loretta King, who at the time was President Obama’s acting assistant Attorney General for the civil rights division. No explanation was offered for the sudden dismissal and outrage ensued among federal prosecutors handling the case. One of them is J. Christian Adams, a veteran election lawyer in the agency’s Voting Rights Division. He resigned in outrage and this week is testifying before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a fact-finding nonpartisan agency with subpoena power to investigate discrimination complaints.

The commission is investigating why the Justice Department dropped the Black Panther case and has subpoenaed several of the attorneys involved, even though the agency has ordered them not to cooperate. In emotional testimony, Adams told the commission that the Justice Department instructs attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases—like the Black Panther matter—that involve black defendants and white victims.

“Over and over and over again,” the department showed “hostility” toward those cases, Adams told the commission. “We abetted wrongdoing and abandoned law-abiding citizens.” He also said that top Justice officials claimed the Black Panther case was “no big deal” and simply a story generated by conservative media.

Judicial Watch has been investigating the Black Panther case for more than a year and in May sued the Justice Department for documents related to its decision to dismiss the complaint against the group. The lawsuit was filed because the government repeatedly ignored Judicial Watch’s 2009 public records request for the information.


 

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