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Bombshell: Defying DOJ Instructions, Christopher Coates Will Testify on NBP Case
Pajamas Media ^ | September 22, 2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky

Posted on 09/22/2010 3:16:08 PM PDT by jazusamo

In a dramatic development that could shake the political leadership of  the Justice Department, career lawyer Christopher Coates has sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights offering to testify Friday on matters related to the controversial New Black Panthers voter-intimidation case. Click here, or on the screen capture below to read Coates’ letter in PDF form:

Ten months ago, Coates — the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division — was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena.

Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that  Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission’s ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates’s testimony.

The Civil Rights Commission has sought to obtain Coates’ testimony on Justice’s dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. In a recent request to Justice, the commission agreed to limit initial questioning of Coates to accusations made by former career lawyer J. Christian Adams about statements and other actions by Julie Fernandes, an Obama administration political appointee if DOJ produced Coates.

The DOJ refused.

Adams testified that Fernandes, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division in charge of voting matters, told Voting Section leadership that the Obama administration would not file election-related cases against minority defendants — no matter the alleged violation of law.

Adams also testified that Fernandes said Justice would not enforce the provisions of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Section 8 requires states to clean up voter registration lists on a regular basis by removing the names of ineligible voters who have died or moved away.

On Election Day 2008, two uniformed members of the New Black Panther Party — one wielding a club — were caught on video as they appeared to harass voters outside a Philadelphia polling place. The Voting Rights Section filed a civil lawsuit that the defendants did not answer, placing them in default.

However, the Justice Department dismissed virtually the entire case despite the objections of career attorneys.

Watch PJM for more on this remarkable news as it develops.

Hans A. von Spakovsky is a former career lawyer in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department.



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KEYWORDS: blackpanthers; coates; doj; government; holder; justicedepartment; nbpp; newblackpanthercase; obama; palin; usccr; voterfraud; voterintimidation
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Perez, Fernandes and Holder will not be happy, Coates will likely confirm they're liars.
1 posted on 09/22/2010 3:16:11 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

treason bookmark.


2 posted on 09/22/2010 3:18:38 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: jazusamo

If it makes news I guarantee the left will try to distract us with something.


3 posted on 09/22/2010 3:21:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: jazusamo
Coates has a clue about how the election is going to go in just over a month from now.

So the Democrats lose everything!

4 posted on 09/22/2010 3:22:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo
Cynical forecast: Either Coates won't testify fully or he will supply testimony exonerating DOJ officials of any wrong doing. The Obama team wouldn't let this happen unless Coates has been neutralized or otherwise coerced to support DOJ.
5 posted on 09/22/2010 3:25:22 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: muawiyah

Correct, he could have done this long before now. :)


6 posted on 09/22/2010 3:25:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
“Adams testified that Fernandes, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division in charge of voting matters, told Voting Section leadership that the Obama administration would not file election-related cases against minority defendants — no matter the alleged violation of law.

Adams also testified that Fernandes said Justice would not enforce the provisions of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Section 8 requires states to clean up voter registration lists on a regular basis by removing the names of ineligible voters who have died or moved away.”

Coates is a CAREER ATTORNEY wanting to testify under oath about these blatantly ILLEGAL directives within the DOJ coming from the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. This is white-hot stuff.

I really think this whole charade is unraveling in front of our eyes.

Obama and Holder are going down hard.

7 posted on 09/22/2010 3:28:03 PM PDT by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Truth29

There’s been a pretty strong belief Coates is on Christian Adams’ side on this and the Obama administration can’t stop him from testifying though he could lose his job over it.


8 posted on 09/22/2010 3:28:19 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Yep, the timing’s just a shame. What’s astonishing is that Eric Holder thought he could get away with this.


9 posted on 09/22/2010 3:29:40 PM PDT by DrC
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To: jazusamo

Bookmark


10 posted on 09/22/2010 3:29:51 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: jazusamo

It will be rescheduled or canceled or?

Too many options when intent is revealed this far in advance

TT


11 posted on 09/22/2010 3:30:35 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (I don't mind liberals... I hate liars...there just tends to be a high degree of overlap)
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To: jazusamo

Isn’t the 24th Friday, and not tomorrow as the headline states? Did I miss a day?


12 posted on 09/22/2010 3:30:49 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: Truth29

“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”

George Bernard Shaw


13 posted on 09/22/2010 3:32:01 PM PDT by Bean Counter (Now what kind of a geroo are you anyway?)
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To: Truth29

i am concerned you are correct...


14 posted on 09/22/2010 3:32:19 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: jazusamo

I think, apart from the moral questions, that he’s between a rock and a hard place. If he stonewalls and the Republicans take over, he could be implicatred in Holder’s corruption. If he disobeys Holder, he could be fired.

And I hope he has some sort of protection, or he may end up as another Obamacide. Like that guy who worked for Obama in the State Department, and was shot in DC just before he was about to testify.


15 posted on 09/22/2010 3:32:23 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: jazusamo

Perhaps he realized this was not going to go away when Judicial Watch uncovered the chain email between DOJ and the White House on this case. Direct White House intervention in DOJ matters is a consistent political no no. Several Attorney Generals have been done in before by this stuff.

He realizes that if the House goes to the GOP, the House subpoenas will be coming and he does not want to look like he stonewalled. This guy is a career lawyer civil servant close to retirement. Why would he want to be complicit in a crime to protect a bunch of appointed political hacks? But given this administration, I hope someone has him on suicide watch. He might behead himself before he testifies.


16 posted on 09/22/2010 3:32:39 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Yes, “Tomorrow” was in the title when I posted and PJM has since eliminated it, I’ll try and get it pulled from title.


17 posted on 09/22/2010 3:33:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thanks, AM!


18 posted on 09/22/2010 3:38:14 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

19 posted on 09/22/2010 3:38:40 PM PDT by Nick Danger (Pin the fail on the donkey)
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To: jazusamo

People can go to jail for this kind of obstruction of justice and judicial watch has recieved documentation that one of the fools involved in this case lied under oath about not being in contact with politicans regarding the decision to drop the case.

This is the way corrupt governments fall apart. Sooner or later people decide to bail off the thug raft and rat out the gang to save their own careers. Holder has been doing a lot of thug gaming with the power of the DOJ. I am not so sure his dealings with Arizona have been honest and legal. Also, he’s been defending Obama’s birth thing and I am not sure the DOJ should be involved in hiding that fraud from the courts either.


20 posted on 09/22/2010 3:39:37 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: cripplecreek

We WILL NOT see this reported in the State-run media!


21 posted on 09/22/2010 3:41:30 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: jazusamo

and get this into breaking news while your at it.


22 posted on 09/22/2010 3:42:37 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

Agreed, there’s indications DOJ thought he’d trip them up from the beginning. They reassigned him to SC which is out of the subpoena jurisdiction of the USCCR and told him to ignore the original subpoena, it looks like he’s tripping them up anyway.


23 posted on 09/22/2010 3:46:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Kudos to Coats.


24 posted on 09/22/2010 3:49:28 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Truth29

It seems highly likely this is a direct result of the the disclosure of the emails described in the privilege log obtained by Judicial Watch. Coates’ testimony has been stuck for months if not more than a year. But he comes forward only a few days after they came out. Nothing really prevented him from doing this before except obedience to his superiors.

There is no longer even a fig leaf behind which DOJ can hide, and his duty to tell the truth and uphold the law clearly trumps whatever was holding him back.

DOJ may try some super fancy legal trick to keep him from testifying, but that’s a pretty tall order at this point.

This is a huge, huge deal.


25 posted on 09/22/2010 3:53:30 PM PDT by Buckhead
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To: Buckhead
This is a huge, huge deal.

I concur.

26 posted on 09/22/2010 3:59:08 PM PDT by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: jazusamo

All’s people want is JUSTICE at the JUSTICE Dept.

Good for this man! I hope he does not het Walpined before he can testify.


27 posted on 09/22/2010 4:02:47 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: jazusamo
Perez, Fernandes and Holder will not be happy, Coates will likely confirm they're liars.

2011 is going to be a year of much popcorn being eaten when the Obama administration gets splayed wide-open by all the Congressional investigation.

28 posted on 09/22/2010 4:04:23 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Buckhead
This is a huge, huge deal.As vp joe biteme would say..."This is a big effing deal!"

FMCDH(BITS)

29 posted on 09/22/2010 4:06:08 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: jazusamo

Should make for an interesting Friday. Let’s hope Coates has some integrity.


30 posted on 09/22/2010 4:09:16 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Buckhead
Nothing really prevented him from doing this before except obedience to his superiors.

Or perhaps an understanding that there is a right to executive privilege - but not to the point of covering up a crime. The difference could be that there is now evidence of a crime in public view and therefore he is free to not obey an illegal order. Just a guess.

31 posted on 09/22/2010 4:10:53 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
...career lawyer Christopher Coates has sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights offering to testify Friday on matters related to the controversial New Black Panthers voter-intimidation case.
Thanks jazusamo. Apropos of nothing...
32 posted on 09/22/2010 4:13:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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To: Truth29

Agreed.


33 posted on 09/22/2010 4:17:34 PM PDT by Bulldaddy
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To: jazusamo

Another reason for Obama and Axelrod to unleash an October surprise.

I’m gonna say... summit with Iran.

Anyone?


34 posted on 09/22/2010 4:17:51 PM PDT by IncPen (Educating Barack Obama has been the most expensive project in human history.)
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To: jazusamo
Coates should stay off airplanes and hire a bodyguard lest he wants to become the next Ron Brown.
35 posted on 09/22/2010 4:17:57 PM PDT by South40 (Filled with hatred for those that disagree, democrats are the most intolerant bigots on earth)
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To: DrC

Holder still thinks he can get away with it..especially if they can get it ‘settled’ while the dems are still in control. They are trying to push the case to a conclusion before all hell breaks lose.


36 posted on 09/22/2010 4:21:22 PM PDT by penelopesire ('You are either with us or you are with the marxists')
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To: jazusamo

The Commission will say thanks...but, no thanks.


37 posted on 09/22/2010 4:22:53 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Truth29
That may have been the case if he was part of the Holder appointed staff. But, he's not. So, I think he's probably going to do the right thing. Some one with a conscience left.
38 posted on 09/22/2010 4:28:27 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: anniegetyourgun

I don’t think that’s likely. There’s eight members; 2 Dems, 2 Inds and 4 Repubs and 1 Repub is Abigail Thernstrom who has said this is no big deal. The other 3 Repubs and 2 Inds (really Repubs) are going to welcome this testimony.


39 posted on 09/22/2010 4:29:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
the Obama administration can’t stop him from testifying though he could lose his job over it.

Or...he could get dead.

40 posted on 09/22/2010 4:32:24 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: God luvs America; Truth29

.....i am concerned you are correct.......

Me too. Otherwise the letter would be unpublished and his appearance would be a big surprise.


41 posted on 09/22/2010 4:35:01 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Or...he could get dead.

Sadly, that's a possibility and hopefully he realizes it.

42 posted on 09/22/2010 4:35:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Buckhead

So what happens if this commission finds illegal stuff that went on at the Justice department? Does it go to congress to strip folks of their jobs or to prosecute? Perhaps this is why this is happening all of a sudden. Holder wants this settled before a republican congress gets in power.

Just curious. Where does it go from here should the commission find wrongdoing?


43 posted on 09/22/2010 4:38:23 PM PDT by penelopesire ('You are either with us or you are with the marxists')
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To: South40

lets see which Obama press shill is the first to launch a dirtbomb at him.

Lay your bets now.


44 posted on 09/22/2010 4:39:17 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: cripplecreek
If it makes news I guarantee the left will try to distract us with something.

And Obama knows that we can absord that something.

45 posted on 09/22/2010 4:40:36 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Rahm and George at Doe's when the knife came down)
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To: jazusamo

I wonder when we’ll get the accident report and what kind of accident it will be. Hmmm, Washington DC? Maybe a mugging?


46 posted on 09/22/2010 4:41:17 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: Joan Kerrey

more like accidentally walking into a group of black panthers who just happen to be sightseeing.


47 posted on 09/22/2010 4:43:32 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: Nick Danger

if I were Coates, I’d try to stay away from ominous multi-colored carpet fibers and zones in parks where people drift off the ground for 50 yards at a time.


48 posted on 09/22/2010 4:46:36 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (All hail Prince Skid-mark, Barack Hussein Obama, constantly soiling himself and our nation.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

Screams of racism worked well enough last time this case threatened the president. The issue was starting to seep into the mainstream when the NAACP passed their useless resolution about tea party racism and that became all anybody wanted to talk about.


49 posted on 09/22/2010 4:48:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
If it makes news I guarantee the left will try to distract us with something.

Nuke Iran?
Get South Korea to invade North Korea?
Other?

50 posted on 09/22/2010 4:49:50 PM PDT by Jemian (Battle lines: One side is Rats and Rinos. On the other, the Tea Party (us). ~~LAZ)
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