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Black Panther voter-intimidation debacle still gnaws at nation's values
Philly Inquirer ^ | December 18, 2011 | J. Christian Adams

Posted on 12/18/2011 1:33:35 PM PST by jazusamo

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and is author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department

Most who have seen the video of the New Black Panthers standing in front of a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 have well-settled opinions about the matter. However, with the presidential election next year, and with the injunction that barred the baton-wielding King Samir Shabazz from appearing at city polling places set to expire, it's worth considering some facts you might not have heard before.

As we know, the Justice Department brought a voter-intimidation lawsuit against the Panthers in the final days of the Bush administration. I was one of the four lawyers who brought the case. It was dismissed entirely a few months after President Obama's inauguration, apart from a temporary slap on the wrist for Shabazz. The dismissal occurred despite a default being entered against all of the Panther defendants because they never responded.

In hindsight, the case marked the first in a series of controversies that have sullied Eric Holder's tenure as attorney general. The Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal is the latest. Though some regard the Black Panther dismissal as "no big deal," few are making that argument about thousands of American guns killing hundreds of people in Mexico.

Perhaps it is a good time to debunk a few of the myths surrounding the dismissal of the Panther case - especially because we now have facts from internal Department of Justice reports and sworn testimony.

First, there was sworn testimony from eyewitnesses that voters indeed turned away at the sight of the club-wielding Black Panthers. A favorite canard of Holder's defenders has been that no voters were affected. Multiple eyewitnesses, including Chris Hill and Bartle Bull, testified under oath to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that they saw voters intimidated by the Panthers.

Those who support the dismissal of the case mock those who believe intimidation occurred, accusing them of being afraid "of scary black men." Yet those hurling such racialist taunts overlook an important fact - even Holder's Justice Department disagrees with them. After all, it pursued an injunction, albeit a paltry one, against Shabazz. If he committed voter intimidation, then certainly so did codefendant Jerry Jackson. Sworn and uncontroverted testimony revealed that Jackson acted in unison with the armed Shabazz to block the entrance to the polls. Was Jackson cut loose because he is a Democratic city committeeman?

Second, the internal ethics investigation of the dismissal revealed hostility toward using civil rights laws against minority wrongdoers. This testimony was given under penalty of perjury. Multiple lawyers stated that it is a common view inside this Justice Department that black wrongdoers should not be defendants in civil rights cases. The attorneys providing this testimony were longtime department employees, and liberals.

Philadelphia was not the only place where this nasty hostility toward race-neutral enforcement of election laws scuttled or impaired Justice Department investigations. As I document in my book Injustice, it has also happened in Alabama, Mississippi, and elsewhere.

Yet the Black Panther case was about much more than two racist jokers strutting in front of the Guild House. It is about what sort of nation we want to be.

The most tragic part of the Panther dismissal is how it erodes the precious principle of equal protection. No part of our Constitution was purchased with more blood and treasure than the Civil War Amendments - the 13th, 14th and 15th.

The 15th Amendment secures the right to vote free from racial discrimination and is the basis of the Voting Rights Act, under which the Panthers were sued. These amendments stand for the principle that the law treats everyone equally, regardless of race. People continued to die for this precious idea in places like Selma and Philadelphia, Miss., even a century after the Civil War ended.

Have we grown tired of equality before law as an aspiration?

Let's hope not. Because rapid demographic changes likely will mean that no racial group will be a majority in a few decades. The constitutional command of equal protection will be especially essential when no group constitutes a majority in this nation. We will enter dangerous territory if too many still think stalking a poll with a weapon is "no big deal" if the person happens to be of a certain race.

The authors of the Civil War Amendments long ago provided the best path to legal harmony in a diverse nation. Simply, the law should treat everybody equally. The sacrifices made for this principle warrant a fresh look at the facts of the Black Panther dismissal, particularly before the 2012 election.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackpanthers; corruption; democrats; doj; holder; nbpp; newblackpanthercase; newblackpanthers; obama; voterrights

1 posted on 12/18/2011 1:33:41 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Contact your representatives and urge them to vote in favor of H.R. 490!

Impeach and prosecute Holder, the racist Socialist bastard!


2 posted on 12/18/2011 1:39:02 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: jazusamo

Actually, the best path towards harmony would be to give the blacks the states of NY, CT, ME and MA and have them all move there. They could all live there with their buddies, the white, guilt filled liberals.


3 posted on 12/18/2011 1:42:59 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Old Sarge

Amen to that. He and his boss are the most corrupt tag team in our nations history, IMHO.


4 posted on 12/18/2011 1:44:08 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Eric Holder is the Rook in this chess game, He takes his orders from the King.

Both are racist, incompetent,narcissistic,Socialist,arrogant,and unfit for the positions they hold.

Both are protected by their melanin content, and only an election can rid us of their presence.


5 posted on 12/18/2011 1:46:53 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Scotsman will be Free

wait a sec...I live in Ct.


6 posted on 12/18/2011 1:50:47 PM PST by brivette
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To: jazusamo

I am not sure I would take being president even if it were a gift to me.

The country is now in such sad shape, it may not be possible to turn it around.


7 posted on 12/18/2011 1:50:47 PM PST by yarddog
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To: jazusamo
Multiple lawyers stated that it is a common view inside this Justice Department that black wrongdoers should not be defendants in civil rights cases.

Obama's legacy - reverse discrimination is acceptable.

8 posted on 12/18/2011 1:55:19 PM PST by OrioleFan
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To: Scotsman will be Free
To me, it is more of a cultural outlook than race, but unfortunately, a lot of Blacks do buy into the liberal mindset they are owed something because of what their ancestors went through. If we use that logic, I am owed something too, my great grandmother was Jewish who suffered under the Russian pogroms. Anyhoo, I am of the belief that all ethnic groups have gotten the shaft at one point in history or another to varying degrees. We need to get away from that.

Failing that, we need to give the libs the corridor from Boston to DC with the western boundary at the Appalachians and we take the rest. Each of us can run things the way they want to.
9 posted on 12/18/2011 1:56:10 PM PST by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: brivette

Sorry bud. Hey! Move to Wyoming. Few people and lots of room.


10 posted on 12/18/2011 2:02:15 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: OrioleFan; All
Yep, and it's been testified to under oath.

excerpt:

Coates remembered Julie Fernandes, Obama’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, telling DoJ employees “the Obama administration was only interested in bringing…cases that would provide political equality for racial and language minority voters.”

The Investigations Begin: Holder on the Hot Seat in Black Panther Case

11 posted on 12/18/2011 2:04:55 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Let the Black Pansies try this in an area where CCW is common.


12 posted on 12/18/2011 2:10:33 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: brivette

and I in NY.


13 posted on 12/18/2011 2:13:56 PM PST by blaveda (blaveda)
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To: MtnClimber

I was thinking the same thing.

A LOT of states have gone to “Shall Issue” since 2008.


14 posted on 12/18/2011 2:17:29 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: MtnClimber

I hear you. Bring a baton to a gunfight and they’re going to come in last.


15 posted on 12/18/2011 2:20:23 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: 2111USMC

I expect mayhem this election. Arm accordingly.


16 posted on 12/18/2011 2:22:36 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: jazusamo

Let’s hope Obama will get perp walked out of the White House next year. It will be a happy new year for America.

Who was it (Buchanan?) who answered the question about the first thing he would say to Clinton should he (Buchanan?) be elected President: “You have the right to remain silent...”


17 posted on 12/18/2011 2:30:32 PM PST by OrioleFan
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To: 2111USMC

In Denver there have been a series of white people in downtown getting ambushed by black gangs that have been very violent. The police delayed reporting on the trend for almost a year. Seems these gangs must be getting inspiration from Holder.


18 posted on 12/18/2011 2:33:24 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: jazusamo

My pistol gives me the right to vote.....


19 posted on 12/18/2011 2:34:32 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803

I predict that some of bam bams thugs get sent to hell this next election.


20 posted on 12/18/2011 2:48:47 PM PST by MtnClimber (Tim Tebow will never be successful in the NFL - Leftist journalists who have sold their souls)
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To: MtnClimber

“Seems these gangs must be getting inspiration from Holder.”

This has been going on since the advent of affirmative action in the early 1970s, an ever increasing attitude of entitlement for historical “wrongs”.

When Holder said that he wouldn’t prosecute “his people”, many took his statement as carte blanche to operate outside of any of the normal restraints found in civilized societies.

When our AG openly states that equal protection for all Americans has become null and void, the government loses any moral authority it may once have had. And the practical side of this is the we, like never before, have the responsibility of protecting our property, ourselves, and our loved ones.


21 posted on 12/18/2011 3:39:57 PM PST by Tigerized (Occupy Wall Street? Go find the real culprits in the Capitol Building...)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Actually, the best path towards harmony would be to give the blacks the states of NY, CT, ME and MA and have them all move there. They could all live there with their buddies, the white, guilt filled liberals.

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My dad said that more than 40 years ago when they started forced busing. The country's gone to Hades ever since...

The Rats are shovel-ready for the dustbin of history.

Save America2sm

22 posted on 12/18/2011 3:46:20 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

I’ve been thru Wyoming while in the navy, while interesting don’t think I’d live there.


23 posted on 12/18/2011 4:03:50 PM PST by brivette
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To: jazusamo
Black Panther voter-intimidation debacle still gnaws at nation's values

Doesn't it though? What happened to "a nation of laws?" What happened to "equal justice under the law?"

Holder is a racist, statist, lying Marxist coward.

24 posted on 12/18/2011 4:41:20 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: jazusamo
. . . with the injunction that barred the baton-wielding King Samir Shabazz from appearing at city polling places set to expire

That's quite the injunction: "Stay away from the polls . . . until the next presidential election!"

25 posted on 12/18/2011 5:33:57 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1
That's quite the injunction: "Stay away from the polls . . . until the next presidential election!"

Exactly...There was a lot made of that by Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky but not much was said about it by the enemedia. The Holder/Obama JustUs Department is pathetic.

26 posted on 12/18/2011 5:44:30 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Well, hopefully the NOI racist will find out the second amendment’s golden rule: Don’t bring a racist attitude and baton to a gun fight, Shabazz.


27 posted on 12/18/2011 8:51:10 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: TigersEye

“What happened to ‘a nation of laws?’ What happened to ‘equal justice under the law?’”

Well, if the rule of law being rendered essentially meaningless hadn’t pretty much been a fait accompli before, then this definitely put the “nation of laws” thing to bed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s9StxsFllY

My turn to post the link to the most outstanding deconstruction of the forgery anywhere on the web.


28 posted on 12/19/2011 12:55:01 AM PST by Flotsam_Jetsome (Usurpation = Down Twinkles)
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To: brivette

Have you been through the northern part of the state? Really beautiful up there. Down around Cheyenne is BORING!!! Rolling hills of grass. Snore.


29 posted on 12/19/2011 11:52:15 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: BobP

Your old man was correct.


30 posted on 12/19/2011 11:54:22 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome
My turn to post the link to the most outstanding deconstruction of the forgery anywhere on the web.

It really is isn't it? That young man did an outstanding job.

31 posted on 12/19/2011 1:13:12 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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