Skip to comments.Rep. Wolf Takes Voter Intimidation Case to Judiciary Committee
Posted on 01/12/2010 2:14:43 PM PST by William Tell 2
THIS IS HUGE!!
I just learned that DOJ transferred the career civil service attorneys who were handling the case out of DC. Possibly to avoid the USCRC subpoenas?
Is this a cover-up in progress?
TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS!!
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) continues to try get answers from the Obama Justice Department about a voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. The incident which occurred during the 2008 presidential election was summarily dismissed by Eric Holder's office. He has stonewalled efforts to learn why ever since.
Mr. Wolf took his case to the House Judiciary Committee. He has introduced ...
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A real good preview of what is coming in the next election. The thugs will think they can get away with anything.
Billy-Club/Baton in the right hand. ...probably packing as well.
Does Mr. Wolf know the location of Ft Marcy Park?
Not if we deal with it now. If we don’t forget about winning an election.
Up till now that have.
The Demos can get away with this ‘cuz the press, the Demos media arm, will bury the story and denigrate anyone who attempts to publicize it. They will say it’s not the same as Bush ‘cuz Bush fired people, this is just a transfer. No hearings will be held and the media will just “move on”.
Eric Holder asking an aide if she'd like to meet "Jake the Trouser Snake".
Without question, the most controversial cases I have been involved in during my time in the Voting Section were the prosecution of the Voting Rights Act cases in Noxubee County, Mississippi, against Ike Brown, and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania against the New Black Panther Party.
Many people inside and outside the Civil Rights Division have criticized me for those cases. Some said I only filed those cases because I wanted to curry favor with the Bush administration. I want to take a few minutes before I leave the Voting Section to respond to that criticism.
I actively participated in the prosecution of those two cases for four reasons. The first is that a plain reading of the statutory language of the Voting Rights Act indicates that it is aimed at protecting all American voters from racial discrimination and voter intimidation, and is not limited to protecting only racial-minority or language-minority voters. When Congress reenacted Section 5 in 2006 it specifically added language that prohibits voting changes that diminish the ability of "any citizens of the United States," on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority, to elect candidates of choice.
Before I became a DOJ attorney, I read the Voting Rights Act to protect all voters; but especially as a government lawyer, I have never assumed that I was entitled to ignore that clear language in federal law and therefore ignore incidents where evidence showed white voters were discriminated against or where the wrongdoers were themselves members of a minority group.
All but two of the many cases I have participated in while at Justice have been on behalf of racial, ethnic, or language-minority voters; but when I came across the egregious circumstances in Noxubee County and in Philadelphia, I was not willing to look the other way just because the victims were white and the wrongdoers were black.
The second reason I supported the prosecution of these two cases is because the race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act is imperative to the holding of racially fair elections. As a very practical enforcement matter, the fact that the department did not bring Voting Rights Act enforcement actions to protect white voters and against minority election officials in the first decades after the enactment of the Voting Rights Act is not relevant: There were only a small number of minority poll officials in those first few decades. Fortunately, that racially unfair situation has changed dramatically, and today many jurisdictions have minority election officials in numbers close to the minority percentage in the various places where they serve. For example, when we filed the case in Noxubee, almost all of the poll and election officials were black.
As anyone knows who has observed human behavior, all races have their bad apples. Sometimes members of minority groups like Ike Brown in Noxubee violate the anti-discrimination provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Having worked in the Voting Section and responded to many complaints filed by voters, I know that the racially discriminatory and intimidating behavior that occurs in the voting area is not committed just by whites, although whites certainly commit their share, and that some of these outrages are committed by members of minority groups.
Since many minority officials are now involved in the administration of elections in many jurisdictions, it is imperative that they believe that the anti-discrimination and anti-intimidation provisions of the Voting Rights Act will be enforced against them by the Justice Department, just as it is imperative that white election officials believe that Justice will enforce the provisions of the Voting Rights Act against them. I fear that actions that indicate that the Justice Department is not in the business of suing minority election officials, or not in the business of filing suits to protect white voters from discrimination or intimidation, will only encourage election officials, who are so inclined, to violate the Voting Rights Act.
I cannot imagine that any lawyers who believe in the rule of law would want to encourage violations of the Voting Rights Act by anyone, whether the wrongdoers are members of a minority group or white people.
The third reason for race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act so that all persons are protected from discrimination or intimidation regardless of their race is that fair enforcement of the VRA is important for its very survival. America is increasingly a multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural society. For such a diverse group of people to be able to live and function together in a democratic society, there have to be certain common standards that we are bound by and that protect us all. In fact, as we become more diverse, it is even more important that our national standards of non-discrimination are enforced by the federal government.
One of these most basic standards is equal protection under the law. When that is violated, America does not live up to the true meaning of its creed. When it is followed, the country functions the way it was intended to. For the Department of Justice to enforce the Voting Rights Act only to protect members of certain minority groups breaches the fundamental guarantee of equal protection, and could substantially erode public support for the Voting Rights Act itself.
My fourth reason for this kind of law enforcement is very simple: Selective enforcement of the law, including the Voting Rights Act, on the basis of race is just not fair and does not achieve justice.
I have had many discussions concerning these cases. In one of my discussions concerning the Ike Brown case, I had a lawyer say he was opposed to our filing such suits. When I asked why, he said that only when he could go to Mississippi (perhaps 50 years from now) and find no disparities between the socioeconomic levels of black and white residents, might he support such a suit. But until that day, he did not think that we should be filing voting-rights cases against blacks or on behalf of white voters.
The problem with such enforcement is that it is not in compliance with the statute enacted by Congress. There is simply nothing in the VRA itself or its legislative history that supports the claim that it should not be equally enforced until racial socioeconomic parity is achieved. Such an enforcement policy might be consistent with certain political ideologies, but it is not consistent with the Voting Rights Act that Justice is responsible for enforcing.
Some who criticized the two cases about which I speak claim that they are not opposed to protecting the rights of white voters, but question using the resources of the Voting Section in that manner. I question the validity of that criticism. Given the number of cases the Voting Section has filed during the past 40 years on behalf of racial minorities, I do not understand why a mere two cases on behalf of white voters would have raised the ire of most of the critics of the Ike Brown and New Black Panther Party cases to the level that has been observed. Those critics are not motivated primarily by resource concerns, but rather, in my opinion, by a strongly held but erroneous view that the work of the Civil Rights Division in its enforcement of the VRA should be limited to protecting racial-, ethnic-, and language-minority voters. The resource issue is a red herring raised by those who want to continue to enforce the Voting Rights Act in a racially biased fashion and to turn a blind eye whenever incidents arise that indicate that minority persons have acted improperly in voting matters.
A lot has been said about the politization of the Civil Rights Division. I believe that one of the most detrimental ways to politicize the enforcement process in the Voting Section is to enforce the provisions of the Voting Rights Act only for the protection of certain racial or ethnic minorities; or to take the position that the Voting Section is not going to enforce certain provision of any of the voting statutes the Voting Section has the responsibility to enforce. Such decisions carry with them obvious, enormous implications for partisan political struggles.
While in the Voting Section, I have faithfully worked to enforce all of the voting statutes we are charged with enforcing without regard to the race or ethnicity of the alleged wrongdoers or the victims.
During the early part of the Bush administration, I championed the filing of traditional vote-dilution cases on behalf of African Americans, and argued strenuously with officials that such suits should be filed. During the Bush administration, we were given approval to continue the prosecution of two major pieces of vote-dilution litigation that were filed during the Clinton administration. One was a suit in Blaine County, Montana, on behalf of American-Indian voters that resulted in a ruling upholding the constitutionality of Section 2 of the VRA by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The second suit was against Charleston, South Carolina, filed only three days before the Bush administration came into office. I got approval to continue that suit, as well, on behalf of black voters, and we won the case. After I became principal deputy of the Voting Section in 2005, I successfully pushed for the filing of voting dilution cases in Osceola County, Florida; Port Chester, New York; and Euclid, Ohio all on behalf of racial minorities.
But when I came across the outrageous activities in Noxubee County and Philadelphia, I championed the filing of Voting Rights Act suits there as well for the reasons I have outlined today. I did my best to enforce all of our voting statutes for all Americans, and I leave here with my soul rested that I did the right thing to the best of my ability.
The solution is obvious, I would think. Push back, of course. No, I don’t mean show up at the polls with bats, or worse - guns. Just go to the polls and do not be deterred.
A well trained SEAL or special forces guy (or gal) just needs to beat the sh_t out of these two thugs, and they would run crying to mama (or to 0bozo. The only thing these two thugs acknowledge is when their asses are handed to them on a platter!!!
The brothas were just hanin’ out. Whitey is way too intolerant.
“I find it a pity that you have such a negative attitude. Since you do, I have to wonder why you don’t keep it to yourself? Why do you feel it necessary to demoralize others...”
You are right, William. There is a plague of simpering loser-whiners around here lately.
Get off your butts and fight! This is no time to be negative, this is the time to push for what is right and don’t take any guff! The people that created this country wrapped their feet in rags at Vally Forge and left blood in the snow as they marched behind General Washington. How dare you give up and say nothing can be done!
I will, however, notwithstanding your opinion, continue to work with my local Republican precinct at the grass roots level at fighting the Demos power over the media. You can do as you wish.
You expressed your opinion I expressed mine. If you don’t like criticism - and what I said was rather mild criticism at that - then don’t say anything.
Thanks the guy who wrote it sent it to me. I’ve been working closely with him about this since the DOJ dropped the suit.
Frank Wolf, my former congressman, is a good guy and he doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and DC is full of fools.
Nothing like having a conservative Wolf at the door. Hope he takes a big bite out of Holder’s red ass.
Really? I'm supposed to just sit here and not respond? I'm not allowed to say anything? Maybe that will happen if zero takes complete control, but if that happens you won't be able to tell people to shut up.
I can take criticism. What I posted earlier was my thought on what we need to prevent from happening. Like President Bush said, you can be with us, or you can be against us.
Won’t happen this time. We’ll be ready to stomp a mud-hole in those a-holes. They only win when we are afraid to act.
Anyone who still thinks that civility works with these clowns is as delusional as Zero.
Why don’t you call a local or national radio talk show or write a letter/email to your newspaper about this?
That would be more productive than fighting with me.
I’m just trying to get people to start being proactive about this issue. I’ve spent too much time writing about it. I’m tired of seeing this swept under the rug and conservatives are not outraged.
I’m glad Frank Wolf is my Congressman
Probably the best tactic is widespread communication of this behavior so all the elderly of the area can show up to vote en masse with lots of cameras rolling whenever these guys appear. Perhaps a website could track any polling locations that had these problems and organize the voting block to show up all at once with cameras broadcasting live.
Voter intimidation: something to look forward too in 2010/2012. :)
the vast proportion of the really racist people left in America are on the political left
anti-white racists, self-loathing white liberals, anti-Asian racists in the black communities....... it is hard to find any major racism outside of the political left anymore..... leftists have more in common with the Aryan Nation as far as ignorant fanaticism goes than with most real Americans......
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