Skip to comments.White Noxubee Co. (MS) voters' rights violated, federal judge rules
Posted on 06/29/2007 7:08:56 PM PDT by Islander7
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge today (Friday) is ruling that whites' voting rights were violated in Noxubee County.
US District Judge Tom S- Lee's ruling comes six months after a two-week trial in January when Lee heard arguments from both the Justice Department and the Noxubee County Democrats.
The Justice Department had alleged the Noxubee County Democratic Party, its chairman Ike Brown and the county Election Commission practiced racial discrimination against white voters and candidates.
The Justice Department has called the situation in Noxubee County "the most extreme case of racial exclusion seen by the (department's) Voting Section in decades."
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Mainstream media going to talk about this......?
So they (local DEMOCRATIC PARTY politicians ) are excluding whites ....
Waiting for MSM TO respond ........
Details in the article would be nice.
Must be an extention of the “Black Belt” here in Bama..?
Agreed. I don't read what the offense was. What did the dems do wrong?
I grew up not far across the line from Macon and I've heard that the gentleman in question made some outrageous remarks.
“Mr. Brown is accused in the lawsuit and in supporting documents of paying and organizing notaries, some of whom illegally marked absentee ballots or influenced how the ballots were voted; of publishing a list of voters, all white, accompanied by a warning that they would be challenged at the polls; of importing black voters into the county; and of altering racial percentages in districts by manipulating the registration rolls.”
More info here
And here. The New York News no less!
The Justice Departments main focus is Ike Brown, a local power broker whose imaginative electoral tactics have for 20 years caused whisperings from here to the state capital in Jackson, 100 miles to the southwest. Mr. Brown, tall, thin, a twice-convicted felon, the chairman of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee and its undisputed political boss, is accused by the federal government of orchestrating with the help of others relentless voting-related racial discrimination against whites, whom blacks outnumber by more than 3 to 1 in the county.
His goal, according to the government: keeping black politicians ones supported by Mr. Brown, that is in office.
To do that, the department says, he and his allies devised a watertight system for controlling the all-determining Democratic primary, much as segregationists did decades ago.
Mr. Brown is accused in the lawsuit and in supporting documents of paying and organizing notaries, some of whom illegally marked absentee ballots or influenced how the ballots were voted; of publishing a list of voters, all white, accompanied by a warning that they would be challenged at the polls; of importing black voters into the county; and of altering racial percentages in districts by manipulating the registration rolls.
To run against the county prosecutor one of two white officeholders in Noxubee Mr. Brown brought in a black lawyer from outside the county, according to the supporting documents, who never even bothered to turn on the gas or electricity at his rented apartment. That candidate was disqualified.Whites, who make up just under 30 percent of the population here, are circumspect when discussing Mr. Brown, though he remains a hero to many blacks. When he drove off to federal prison to serve a sentence for tax fraud in 1995, he received a grand farewell from his political supporters and friends, including local elected officials; whites, on the other hand, for years have seen him as a kind of occult force in determining the affairs of the county.....
This has been going on for a long time and Noxubee is only the first case to make it to court.
I wonder if Hillary has sent this guy a check yet, This is right down her alley.
“Whites, who make up just under 30 percent of the population here..”
Here too. I’m selling my house and moving. It’s become an increasingly hostile environment. It’s not as bad here as in Noxubee but they are working on it.
Thanks. NPR and the NYT? I’m surprised, to say the least.
“The Justice Department has called the situation in Noxubee County “the
most extreme case of racial exclusion seen by the (department’s)
Voting Section in decades.””
And destined for about zero coverage on ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC I suspect.
sounds about right
Not only is Ike a twice-convicted felon but he managed to get a judge to reinstate his own voting rights. Still trying to figure that one out.
As a girl I heard my family talk of this kind of stuff.
Only thing was...they were talking about Republicans! ;-)
It was shhhhhhshed talk. But.... ;-)
All of 'em were demrats.
Hey fellow FReeper....How are you? ;-)
And finally their answer is in:
“It was an honest mistake”.
Mississippi since 1965:
Good Intentions meet Hell, here’s your road.
boy that sure narrows it down in Mississip
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This is just awesome!
Judge Pepper has issued his ruling on the requests for changes to his original order.
Here is a link to the full order in PDF format
Here are some interesting excerpts:
Concerning the appeals court’s overturning of Georgia’s voter ID because requiring it to be paid for equals a poll tax there is this footnote —
The court respectfully disagrees with the courts ruling in Common Cause/Georgia v. Billups that because Georgias mandatory photo identification must be purchased, the requirement constitutes a poll tax. In any event, if a State required photo identification that would include a current drivers license already purchased by the voter, or provided photo identification cards at no charge, there would be no fee that could be construed as a poll tax.
Final ruling requiring voter registration:
With regard to voter identification, the court affirms its ruling that some form of voter identification must be required in Mississippis future primary system, the form of which must be just as accurate as that required for other daily functions of American life, if not more so given the solemnity of exercising the constitutional right to vote. This identification must be required of every would-be voter, and no exceptions should be allowed such as for those over 65 since one must be able to prove one is over 65 to be excepted, which would require accurate identification.3 With these instructions, the Mississippi Legislature is left to specifically determine how to implement voter identification subject to approval by the Justice Department and this court.
NAACP’s (ridiculous) request to the judge:
The NAACP argues that the voter identification and re-registration rulings:(1) impose upon the State a voter photo identification requirement that is not necessary to enforce the Constitution; (2) are beyond the scope of the Courts power to remedy the Constitutional violation found; (3) are contrary to Mississippi law, which imposes no such requirements; and (4) could harm participation of many voters who are elderly and poor, a disproportionate number of whom are black.
And the judge’s answer:
The court has already addressed the first three of these arguments above. With regard to the last argument, the NAACP has not demonstrated the precise harm that would result in requiring voter identification in a world in which identification is generally required for everyday American life. In any event, the Legislature has not yet chosen which type of identification it wishes to require for primary elections, nor has the Justice Department or the court approved the Legislatures choice. Thus, the NAACP arguments against the courts ruling that some form of substantially accurate form of identification is required are premature.
Similarly, the NAACPs argument that re-registration of all 1.7 million of Mississippis voters is improper is premature given that the Legislature has not yet determined the specifics as to how it will implement the States new system.
For the reasons discussed above, the court concludes that Plaintiffs Motion for Reconsideration and to Preserve Post-Election Relief  should be denied; Defendant Jim Hoods Rule 59(e) Motion  should be granted insofar as it seeks to extend the deadline in paragraph 8 of the courts June 8, 2007 Opinion from August 2007 to August 31, 2008; the Mississippi Republican Executive Committees Motion to Intervene and to Alter Amended Order  should be granted insofar as it seeks to intervene and to have the deadline moved but denied insofar as it seeks to exempt Republicans from the courts rulings; and the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACPs Motion to Intervene and for Reconsideration  should be granted insofar as the NAACP is allowed to intervene but denied insofar as it seeks to have the court delete reference to voter identification and re-registration.
Guys, while I was reading this my dear CDBear thought I was having fits because I kept howling about this stuff. The more stuff I read from this judge, the more I like him.
The dems and NAACP must be having really bad nightmares over getting exactly what they asked for in their lawsuit. And somewhere in the Governor’s executive office there are Republicans trying hard not to do the Snoopy happy dance.
My God, — you’re talking like you were living in Zimbabwe! Give ‘em the upper hand anywhere and corruption and persecution are sure to follow.
Well DANG! They done been hoist on their own petards!
Thanks for the update!
This is GREAT news!