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megimoo
08-21-2009, 10:08 PM
President Obama's Justice Department continues to stonewall inquiries about why it dropped a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.

The episode—which Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, calls "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen"—began on Election Day 2008. Mr. Bull and others witnessed two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia. (Some of this behavior is on YouTube.)

One of them, they say, brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!"

In the first week of January, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with the weapon, uniforms and racial slurs. In March, Mr. Bull submitted an affidavit at Justice's request to support its lawsuit.

When none of the defendants filed any response to the complaint or appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to answer the suit, it appeared almost certain Justice would have prevailed by default. Instead, the department in May suddenly allowed the party and two of the three defendants to walk away. Against the third defendant, Minister King Samir Shabazz, it sought only an injunction barring him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years—action that's already illegal under existing law.

There was outrage over the decision among Congressional Republicans, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division—especially after it was learned one of the defendants who walked was Jerry Jackson, a member of Philadelphia's 14th Ward Democratic Committee and a credentialed poll watcher for the Democratic Party last Election Day.

Then the Washington Times reported on July 30 that six career lawyers at Justice who had recommended continuing to pursue the case were overruled by Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli—a top administration political appointee. One of the career attorneys, Appellate Chief Diana Flynn, had urged in an internal memo that a judgment be pressed against the defendants to "prevent the paramilitary style intimidation of voters" in the future.


http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970203550604574361071968458430-lMyQjAxMDA5MDIwMDEyNDAyWj.html
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"Security" patrols stationed at polling places in Philly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neGbKHyGuHU
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EJ Exclusive - Police Respond to Intimidation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFOKnJ0oXYY&feature=related
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Is This Legal? Obama Activity in Polling Place
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiM-6ZnW2LI&feature=related
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ACORN Voter Fraud - Obama's Supporters Register Voters Multiple Times - Lateala Goins Tells Her Story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S28isA7P7AM&feature=related
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ACORN Volunteer: It was "cool" to register false names
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nDdNnBKITA&feature=related

Apocalypse
09-16-2009, 01:08 PM
Might be going forward.


EXCLUSIVE: Inquiry opened into New Black Panther case



The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility has begun an official inquiry into the dismissal in May of a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party and two of its members who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during the November general elections.



The inquiry is disclosed in an Aug. 28 letter to Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee who first raised questions about the dismissal in May and asked unsuccessfully that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. make available the head of the department's Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division for a closed-door briefing on the decision.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/09/inquiry-opened-about-new-black-panther-case/