Via Instapundit, I read this article on the Black Panther voter intimidation case. To refresh your memory, or to give you one in case you never saw this, here is the video of said intimidation:
This happened in Philadelphia on November 4, 2008. The Department of Justice opened an investigation into this case of obvious voter intimidation.
The lawyers at DoJ were ordered to drop this case.
One of the DoJ lawyers involved resigned and has written the following about it:
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has opened an investigation into the dismissal and the DOJ’s skewed enforcement priorities. Attorneys who brought the case are under subpoena to testify, but the department ordered us to ignore the subpoena, lawlessly placing us in an unacceptable legal limbo.
The assistant attorney general for civil rights, Tom Perez, has testified repeatedly that the “facts and law” did not support this case. That claim is false. If the actions in Philadelphia do not constitute voter intimidation, it is hard to imagine what would, short of an actual outbreak of violence at the polls. Let’s all hope this administration has not invited that outcome through the corrupt dismissal.
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. (emphasis mine)
Not actually having relevant information regarding the subject at hand but still having all manner of opinion about it seems to have become a hallmark of this administration. From cops acting stupidly to not reading the health care bill to refusing aide from the Dutch – experts in oil spill clean up – this administration has made ignorance a high art in high government.
Oh, there’s more. It’s worse.
Most disturbing, the dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.
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.
Yeah, so that’s really frickin comforting. Thank you to the 52% of our country who voted for this Marxist racist. Yeah, I said that. THIS policy is racist, blatantly so.