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(DOJ) Report clears Justice Department in Black Panther case
Washington Post ^ | 3/29/11 | Krissah Thompson

Posted on 03/30/2011 12:38:47 AM PDT by Libloather

Report clears Justice Department in Black Panther case
By Krissah Thompson, Tuesday, March 29, 11:16 PM

The Justice Department’s Office of Personnel Responsibility (OPR) has concluded an investigation finding that politics played no role in the handling of the New Black Panther Party case, which sparked a racially charged political fight.

After reviewing thousands of pages of internal e-mails and notes and conducting 44 interviews with department staff members, the OPR reported that “department attorneys did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment” and that the voter-intimidation case against the Panthers was dismissed on “a good faith assessment of the law” and “not influenced by the race of the defendants.”

The OPR’s findings were released in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) that was signed by department attorney Robin Ashton.

The probe was an outgrowth of a political controversy over a 2008 voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. Some conservative lawyers, politicians and commentators have said that the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division improperly narrowed that case — part of broader allegations among conservatives that the Obama Justice Department has failed to protect the civil rights of white voters. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other Justice officials have strongly denied the charge.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: black; civilrights; corruption; doj; hispeople; holder; justice; lamarsmith; nbp; newblackpanthercase; newblackpanthers; opr; panther; racism; robinashton; selfaudit; voterintimidation
Is that anything like the IRS auditing itself?
1 posted on 03/30/2011 12:38:52 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Yep.


2 posted on 03/30/2011 12:42:06 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Libloather
It's unbelievable what's happening to our country. I pray every day that we survive this tyranny
3 posted on 03/30/2011 12:44:03 AM PDT by notaliberal
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To: Libloather

Wow.


4 posted on 03/30/2011 12:44:10 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Libloather
Wow, they cleared themselves.

Well, that's good enough for me. /s

5 posted on 03/30/2011 12:45:15 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The scum reaches high int he DOJ.


6 posted on 03/30/2011 12:45:49 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Libloather

Next, we’ll have the BATFE clear itself in the Gunwalker scandal.


7 posted on 03/30/2011 12:45:57 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Libloather
All bull chips all the time.

Win The Future?

8 posted on 03/30/2011 12:52:21 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Libloather

Wow I feel better. Sorry but the FBI needs to investigate here. It’s obvious Eric Holder hates white people. If the case was reverse... Say KKK was sitting there trying to intimidate Black voters... I HIGHLY DOUBT that Eric Holder would dismiss this case.


9 posted on 03/30/2011 12:53:58 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Libloather

“I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.” If I had anything in my stomach I’d probably puke.


10 posted on 03/30/2011 1:02:16 AM PDT by pops88 (geek chick over 40)
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To: Libloather; STARWISE; LucyT; Liz; SE Mom; penelopesire; hoosiermama

“The OPR’s findings were released in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) that was signed by department attorney Robin Ashton.”

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/December/10-ag-1476.html

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Attorney General Announces Appointment of Robin C. Ashton as Head of the Office of Professional Responsibility

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the appointment of Robin C. Ashton to serve as head of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) at the Department of Justice.

(snip)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/23/AR2010122305010.html

The department’s new top ethics cop was herself a victim of the scandal over politicized hiring at Justice during the Bush years. Ashton was denied a promotion at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where she worked from 2001 to 2005, because she did not pass political muster with Monica M. Goodling, a Justice Department aide accused in government reports of being a central figure in the politicization.

Ashton was told she had a “Monica problem,’’ according to sources familiar with the events. In a 2007 congressional hearing, Goodling did not directly address whether Ashton was denied a promotion but acknowledged there had been tension between the two.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/12/washington/12monica.html?_r=1

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/12/reputed_victim_of_bush-era_doj_politicization_to_head_dojs_internal_watchdog.php


11 posted on 03/30/2011 1:04:36 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Libloather

I agree. Politics had nothing to do with the DOJ refusing to prosecute this case of voter intimidation. Who was Democrat or who was Republican never entered the picture.

What really mattered was who was black and who was white. Anti-white racism and a black racist head of the DOJ had everything to do with it.

Hell, Holder admitted that he had no intentions of upholding equal justice under the hate crime laws when it came to white victims. How much clearer can he make it. This is an anti-white racist administration.


12 posted on 03/30/2011 1:28:12 AM PDT by Main Street (Stuck in traffic.)
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To: Libloather

SurPRISE, surPRISE, surPRISE!!!!

Gooolleeeey!!!

(Doing my best Gomer Pile impersonation, of course.


13 posted on 03/30/2011 1:39:46 AM PDT by Ronin (Tokyo Hot -- Looking forward to saving money on night lights!!!)
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To: notaliberal

It is all going to collapse. It will be ugly. I liken it to the Nuke problem in Japan.


14 posted on 03/30/2011 1:42:49 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Libloather
Brer Bear just cleared Brer Fox of eating Brer Rabbit.
15 posted on 03/30/2011 2:39:52 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("WARNING" -Sarah Palin is a very dangerous woman--she defends herself when attacked.)
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To: screaminsunshine

I am with you sister. As I keep telling my wife, arrogance is a funny thing. Just a simple little thing has brought down the mightiest of them all.


16 posted on 03/30/2011 2:43:24 AM PDT by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: Libloather
Sure - and in other news:
"The fox states that after intensive investigation foxes are not the cause of hen-house massacres."
17 posted on 03/30/2011 2:43:37 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Libloather

Its a bit early for April Fools day.


18 posted on 03/30/2011 2:58:29 AM PDT by linn37
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To: Libloather

Anyone out there believe ANYTHING that comes out of Obammy’s gub mint?


19 posted on 03/30/2011 3:01:13 AM PDT by Joe Boucher
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To: Libloather

Well, alrighty, then. That clears that up. /s


20 posted on 03/30/2011 3:04:45 AM PDT by Stand W (Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! Hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: Sprite518

The FBI? Soon to be headed by Gorelick?

I do not think we have one institution left that could handle such an investigation in today’s climate.


21 posted on 03/30/2011 3:16:13 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

Isnt that the Point?


22 posted on 03/30/2011 3:38:26 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Libloather

This is a classic case of “the fix is in.”


23 posted on 03/30/2011 3:50:55 AM PDT by DH (48th TFW, A&E Lakenheath England, 67-70)
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To: Libloather

These things are not just “challenges” that our Republic faces and must overcome. All things considered, it seems like the last days of the Roman Republic.


24 posted on 03/30/2011 3:53:08 AM PDT by hfr (Is the law our servant or master? The government? What is a jury?)
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To: Libloather
JUSDIS
25 posted on 03/30/2011 4:00:26 AM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Libloather

What a joke! The U.S. Government is out of control. The DOJ should be ashamed of itself.


26 posted on 03/30/2011 4:00:47 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey thug! I've got your "collective bargaining" right here!)
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To: notaliberal

We had better wake up folks. They view us as sheep to be sheared. Lewis Carroll could not write this stuff!


27 posted on 03/30/2011 4:29:34 AM PDT by Shane (When Injustice Becomes Law, RESISTANCE Becomes DUTY.----T.Jefferson)
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To: Libloather

Is this where we join hands, sing Kumbaya and talk about how race is ‘just a skin color’?


28 posted on 03/30/2011 4:33:34 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Psalm 73

It’s actually the fault of the fox-haters.

Death to the haters!


29 posted on 03/30/2011 4:36:29 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Libloather

The Sopranos investigated organized crime and found none... film at 11.

LLS


30 posted on 03/30/2011 4:44:31 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!!!)
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To: Libloather

its more like baghdad bob saying hussien (sadam not barak) was a humanitarian....


31 posted on 03/30/2011 5:02:12 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Libloather

How can the Washington Post publish such an article? This is the ultimate in cynicism. A child can see through this. Have they no shame?

And they (the Post) want to deny that the Post is biased?

They should just change their name to Pravda (truth), like the old state newspaper of the Soviet Union.


32 posted on 03/30/2011 5:05:00 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Libloather
Glad to see the media won't let this story die.../s
33 posted on 03/30/2011 5:06:03 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Libloather

Impeach HOLDER...another mongrel in this administration...


34 posted on 03/30/2011 5:13:33 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: All; Libloather
Is that anything like the IRS auditing itself?

They'd never let businesses get away with clearing themselves of wrongdoing.

35 posted on 03/30/2011 5:36:02 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: screaminsunshine
It is all going to collapse. It will be ugly. I liken it to the Nuke problem in Japan.

I beg to differ. Fukushima got hit by a Tsunami of unanticipated size. Very competent organizations have responded to clear debris to make access to the plant feasible, and get control of cooling to the reactors and spent fuel pools while managing radiation exposures to workers amazingly well. Knowledgeable competent professionals have been dealing with the situation.

None of those are allowed anywhere near a senior posting in Washingtond DC.

36 posted on 03/30/2011 5:50:45 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: AndyJackson

The Tidal Wave is still inbound?


37 posted on 03/30/2011 5:53:05 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Humble Servant
"It’s actually the fault of the fox-haters. - Death to the haters!"

How true - thanks for completing my thoughts!!

38 posted on 03/30/2011 6:11:19 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Libloather

Comment # - - self censored by Arrowhead1952.


39 posted on 03/30/2011 6:14:56 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (TX and MI - When the going gets tough, the dims run and hide.)
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To: Psalm 73

I’m having a Hater salad sandwich for lunch, and we’re going to have Hater Cacciatore for dinner. I might pick up a late-night snack at Kentucky Fried Hater. Don’t thank me—Just doing my part to make the world a more peaceful place.


40 posted on 03/30/2011 9:44:40 AM PDT by Humble Servant
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