New Developments in New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Case

October 11, 2010 05:56

This important case was dismissed over the unanimous objection of the four career attorneys on the trial team and career officials in the department’s appellate office, including its chief.

by  Rep. Frank Wolf 10/11/2010 at Human Events


According to his sworn testimony, the civil rights attorneys at Justice possess a “deep-seated opposition” toward “equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act”—opposition that has only grown under the Obama Administration—and that the Black Panther case was abandoned following “pressure” by the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. His charges echo the accusations of former Justice official, J. Christian Adams, who appeared before the commission in July.

Equally disturbing, Coates confirmed that he was told by his superiors not to testify, was stripped of much of his authority after he continued to demand equal protection for voters, and was eventually transferred from the Civil Rights Division to the U.S. attorney’s office in South Carolina.

In response to a lawsuit from a federal watchdog group, Judicial Watch, however, a judge ordered the department to release an index of e-mails relating to the dismissal of this case. Although the text of the e-mails has been withheld, the index and timeline of e-mails relating to the case demonstrate a much more significant and active role from the office of Associate Atty. Gen. Perelli than the department has publicly admitted. This development merits further investigation by the commission and the Congress.


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