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  • New Black Panther Party case: The facts are in (Good piece by Rubin)

    01/28/2011 9:40:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 2+ views
    WaPo/Right Turn ^ | January 27, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights came out in December with a draft of its interim report on the New Black Panthers Party scandal. Earlier today a final report was posted on the commission's website, and with it, a flurry of rebuttals and separate statements from a number of the commissioners. The import of these statements should not be minimized. ~snip~As Gaziano and Heriot do, commissioner Peter Kirsanow (a Republican appointee) goes through the evidence of malfeasance by an Obama political appointee, Julie Fernandes: Mr. [Chris] Coates [who headed the NBPP trial team] came forward and testified to the...
  • EDITORIAL: A Fine exit at Justice--Inspector general shouldn't leave until his work is done

    11/30/2010 5:46:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2010 | Editorial
    Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine should finish one major piece of business before his announced retirement next month: the investigation into Justice's Civil Rights Division.On Sept. 12, Mr. Fine announced that while he's precluded by law from investigating a "specific piece of litigation" such as the Black Panther voter-intimidation case, "we do have the authority to conduct [a] broader program review ... regarding the Civil Rights Division's enforcement of voting rights laws." Mr. Fine vowed to review "whether the Voting Section has enforced the civil rights laws in a non-discriminatory manner." Substantial testimony, backed by a record of...
  • DOJ Voting Section Deputy Chief Misled Civil Rights Commission on Black Panthers Case

    10/28/2010 5:49:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 28, 2010 | Hans von Spakovsky
    With the vote on the Civil Rights Commission New Black Panther report set for Friday, former DOJ attorney Hans von Spakovsky submits this affidavit rebutting former Deputy Chief of the Voting Section Robert Kengle. Kengle had contested portions of Christopher Coates’ testimony before the Commission, testimony which described Kengle’s hostility toward race-neutral enforcement of civil rights laws. The Coates testimony was deeply embarassing to Kengle, and von Spakovsky’s corroboration of Coates’ testimony is even more so.Click here  pdf to download von Spakovsky’s affidavit.
  • Top DOJ Official Describes Recent Controversy As "He Said, She Said," Insists Actions...

    10/27/2010 3:07:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2010 | Mike Levine
    Complete title: Top DOJ Official Describes Recent Controversy As "He Said, She Said," Insists Actions Speak Louder Than WordsThe head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division on Wednesday strongly disputed accusations by a department colleague that the Obama administration avoids prosecuting minorities in civil rights cases, saying it all amounts to a "'he said, she said' thing" and that he "tends to judge people by their actions," not their words. It's the first time Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez has weighed in since Justice Department lawyer Christopher Coates accused Perez's office of being "hostile" toward "race-neutral enforcement" of voting...
  • EDITORIAL: No black hole for Black Panthers--Attorney General Holder can't hide testimony forever

    10/11/2010 5:14:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 11, 2010 | Editorial
    The Obama Justice Department can put an end to the scandal surrounding the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. All Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. would have to do is allow members of his Voting Rights Section to answer a few simple questions under oath, without waiving a single legal privilege.On Friday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights approved two letters to Mr. Holder. Both ask, again, for more cooperation than the Justice Department has provided for 16 months. The commission is seeking information about an alleged "broad culture of hostility to race-neutral enforcement of the civil rights laws;...
  • The Wrongdoing, the Cover-Up, and Executive Privilege (Black PantherGate)

    09/28/2010 11:52:46 AM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    Commentary ^ | 9/28/2010 | Jennifer Rubin
    Like any administration snared in a Beltway scandal, the Obama team has two problems in the New Black Panther Party scandal: the wrongdoing and the cover-up. The wrongdoing is not merely that the Obama administration dismissed a blatant case of voter intimidation. It is not merely that an NAACP attorney pressured the Obama team to dump the case. It is not merely that the Obama Justice Department explicitly told attorneys not to enforce Section 8 of the Voting Rights Act, which helps prevent voter fraud. It is that the Obama team believes that the civil rights laws run only one...
  • Coates Exposes Intellectual Bankruptcy of MSM, Obama Admin. Defenders

    09/28/2010 10:54:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 28, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    ABC, NBC, and CBS refuse to cover him. Left-leaning sources report on him with no integrity. PR tactics get employed at the hearing. And the DOJ spokesperson lashes out. The testimony of Christopher Coates before the United States Civil Rights Commission exposed a pervasive hostility to equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, as well as racialist policies at the Justice Department. He also exposed the intellectual bankruptcy of the defenders of the dismissal of the New Black Panther case. The testimony was covered by CNN and the Los Angeles Times, and was on the front page, above the fold,...
  • GOP Lawmaker Acts to Shield Whistleblower

    09/27/2010 4:46:01 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/26/2010 | Jerry Seper
    A Republican lawmaker has sternly warned Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. not to take any action against a high-ranking Justice Department official who told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that the government's dismissal of a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party was a "travesty of justice." In a letter, Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, said the testimony Friday of former voting rights section Chief Christopher Coates was protected by federal law and admonished Mr. Holder against any possible punishment. "I trust that Mr. Coates will face no repercussion...
  • Hoyer: Colbert's testimony 'an embarrassment' (The Rats blame their own invited guest)

    09/26/2010 9:41:37 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 56 replies
    washington times ^ | 9/26/2010 | Stephen Dinan
    A top House Democrat said Sunday that TV comic Stephen Colbert's in-character testimony at a congressional hearing Friday was "an embarrassment" to the comedian and wrong for the House. "His testimony was not appropriate. I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House," said House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, on "Fox News Sunday." Mr. Colbert testified to the House immigration subcommittee Friday on illegal immigrant agriculture workers, after he took the United Farm Workers' "Take Our Jobs" challenge and worked a day in the field picking crops. He testified that the work was...
  • EDITORIAL: Black Panther case: Red hot--Witness cites Obama team's 'hostility' to the law

    09/24/2010 5:24:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2010 | Editorial
    Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez has an obligation to clean house at the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. That's clear after explosive new whistle-blower testimony under oath Friday in the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case, which triggers a pledge Mr. Perez made under oath on May 14. Failure to fire some officials and to radically revamp practices in the Civil Rights Division would represent clear dereliction of duty by Mr. Perez.Friday's testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights came from much-decorated Justice Department veteran Christopher Coates, a hero of the civil rights legal community when he...
  • Coates: Obama appointee told me to stop pursuing race-neutral enforcement of Voting Rights Act

    09/24/2010 8:14:29 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    PJTV is broadcasting the testimony of Christopher Coates to the Civil Rights Commission live this morning, but they already have his opening statement available in PDF format at Pajamas Media. It contains at least one bombshell, which is that Obama appointee Loretta King ordered Coates to stop asking applicants whether they supported race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The question became necessary because of resistance in the Civil Rights division from career attorneys to enforce the law when it resulted in African-American defendants rather than victims, an attitude that Coates first encountered in the Bush era:
  • Prosecutor: DoJ bias against whites

    09/24/2010 8:40:39 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies
    Prosecutor: DoJ bias against whites By: Josh Gerstein September 24, 2010 10:52 AM EDT A Justice Department prosecutor, defying his superiors by testifying at a U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing Friday into the department’s handling of a voter-intimidation case against a fringe African American militant group, blasted “senior political appointees” at Justice for “gutting” the case. In his opening testimony, prosecutor Christopher Coates also suggested he was working against a dominant Justice Department culture which discouraged enforcement of civil rights laws in a “race-neutral” way that would protect whites as well as blacks. Coates, a 13-year veteran of the civil...
  • The Black Panther Distraction – While Colbert Clowns It Up The MSM Ignores Black Panther Hearings

    09/24/2010 12:45:21 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 23 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-24-10 | Curt
    Stephen Colbert appearing at the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law has done its job. They wanted to distract everyone from the bombshells coming out of the Black Panther hearings when Christopher Coates testified, and it sure did. Glenn Reynolds: Front page of Daily Caller: Colbert. Drudge led with Colbert until the news of the Klein & Zucker firings came out. Limbaugh led off today talking about Colbert. NRO has covered Colbert at The Corner, but not Coates. Washington Examiner headline: Colbert. Looking around other sites, I see more about Colbert than...
  • The Colbert Gambit. Looks Like It Worked.

    09/24/2010 12:42:28 PM PDT · by ocr1 · 19 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | Friday, September 24, 2010 | D-Lo
    (Instapundit) — DISTRACTION: So, yesterday reader John Mark Williams suggested that the Colbert testimony was intended to distract from coverage of Christopher Coates’ testimony about the Justice Department’s racism scandals. If so, it’s worked. Front page of Daily Caller: Colbert. Drudge led with Colbert until the news of the Klein & Zucker firings came out. Limbaugh led off today talking about Colbert. NRO has covered Colbert at The Corner, but not Coates. Washington Examiner headline: Colbert. Looking around other sites, I see more about Colbert than Coates. Hot Air and Power Line did better.But let me quote the Power...
  • American Hero: Coates Negates a Year of Justice Department Spin on New Black Panther Case

    09/24/2010 10:57:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 23, 2010 | J. Christian Adams
    We no longer must consult history for a lawyer-hero willing to take personal risk for sacred principles such as the rule of law and racial equality. Our age can claim Christopher Coates. It has been a very bad week for the dwindling number of people defending the dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party by Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Today might have been the worst day of all. Former Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates testified to the United States Civil Rights Commission that Obama political appointees dismissed the case because they are opposed to enforcing...
  • Full Text of Christopher Coates’ Testimony to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (PJM Exclusive)

    09/24/2010 10:33:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 24, 2010 | Christopher Coates
    Click here or on the image below to read Mr. Coates’ testimony:
  • Coates Testifying Now on CSPAN

    09/24/2010 7:48:31 AM PDT · by CapedConservative · 21 replies
    Vanity | 10/22010 | CapedConservative
    In the words of Joe Biden, "this is a big f**king deal!"
  • Coates’ Direct Eyewitness Testimony to Shine Light on DOJ

    09/23/2010 7:19:28 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 43 replies
    Pajama Media ^ | 9/23/2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The news that Christopher Coates, former chief of the Justice Department’s Voting Section, is set to testify Friday before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is crucial to the panel’s investigation of allegations that the Obama administration has not enforced the nation’s civil rights laws in a race-neutral manner.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Congressman Warns AG Holder not to Block Coates’ Testimony

    09/23/2010 4:07:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 23, 2010
    In an exclusive obtained by Pajamas Media.com, Rep.  Frank Wolf (R-VA) has warned Attorney General Eric Holder not to interfere with the decision of Christopher Coates to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights tomorrow, citing the federal “1912 Anti-Gag Legislation and Whistleblower Protection Laws for Federal Employees.” Click here, or on image below, to read the PDF file of Rep. Wolf’s letter to the attorney general: And for background on Coates’ appearance tomorrow before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, read Hans A. von Spakovsky’s article at PJM, “Coates’ Direct Eyewitness Testimony to Shine Light on DOJ.”
  • Defying DOJ Instructions, Christopher Coates Will Testify Friday on New Black Panther Case

    09/23/2010 10:24:33 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 114 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 22, 2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    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.
  • Coates’ Direct Eyewitness Testimony to Shine Light on DOJ

    09/23/2010 10:22:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 23, 2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The news that Christopher Coates, former chief of the Justice Department’s Voting Section, is set to testify Friday before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is crucial to the panel’s investigation of allegations that the Obama administration has not enforced the nation’s civil rights laws in a race-neutral manner.The testimony by Coates, a career government lawyer, is expected to shed light on whether DOJ: • Discriminated against white voters in dismissing the voter-intimidation case against two members of the New Black Panther Party and the party itself that arose from incidents at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day...
  • Bombshell: Defying DOJ Instructions, Christopher Coates Will Testify on NBP Case

    09/22/2010 3:16:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 22, 2010 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    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...
  • EDITORIAL: Justice stiffs Civil Rights Commission--Lawlessness stems from Black Panther case

    08/17/2010 4:30:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2010 | Editorial
    The hypocrisy of the Obama Justice Department has reached staggering proportions on a host of issues stemming from the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case. Such systemic evasion of justice breeds lawlessness. The Justice Department's latest thumb in the eye of its critics came in an Aug. 11 letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Mr. Perez told the commission that he will continue blocking testimony from veteran civil rights attorney Christopher Coates because Mr. Coates' stationing in South Carolina since mid-January means he is not "the appropriate witness to testify regarding current...
  • With DOJ Stonewalling on New Black Panthers Case, Civil Rights Commission Asks for Expanded Powers

    08/16/2010 10:37:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 16, 2010 | Richard Pollock
    The continuing DOJ refusal to allow attorney Christopher Coates to testify on the case results in a heated Commission hearing. In an explosive and raucous hearing on August 13, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted 5-3 to officially ask Congress to expand its investigatory powers. This action came as a result of U.S. Justice Department stonewalling regarding the dismissal of a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party.The commission meeting was dominated by discussion of the DOJ’s continued muzzling of career attorney Christopher Coates, who was head of the DOJ Voting Rights section when the...
  • Ex-Official Accuses Justice Department of Racial Bias in Black Panther Case (J. Christian Adams)

    07/06/2010 8:59:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 6, 2010 | Staff
    In emotional and personal testimony, an ex-Justice official who quit over the handling of a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party accused his former employer of instructing attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims. J. Christian Adams, testifying Tuesday before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said that "over and over and over again," the department showed "hostility" toward those cases. He described the Black Panther case as one example of that -- he defended the legitimacy of the suit and said his "blood boiled" when he heard...
  • Back Channels: Panther case dismissal needs explanation

    07/04/2010 11:52:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 4, 2010 | Kevin Ferris
    For more than a year, Attorney General Eric Holder has failed to adequately explain why his Justice Department dropped a slam-dunk voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.His department's answers to inquiries have been incomplete and unsatisfactory. Career attorneys involved in the case have not been available for questioning, even when subpoenaed.Now, one lawyer is speaking up - and making damning allegations against the Justice Department.J. Christian Adams, who was a Justice Department voting-rights lawyer until he resigned last month, is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Tuesday. At issue are the events...
  • Man Who OK'd Civil Rights Charges For Philly Incident Removed From Post

    12/30/2009 8:32:56 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 24 replies · 1,746+ views
    Christopher Coates, the man who approved the civil rights complaint against New Black Panther Party for its behavior at a Philadelphia polling place in the November 2008 election, has been removed from his post as chief of the Voting Section of the Justice Department. Reportedly he is being transferred to the U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina.
  • Justice transfers Panthers pursuer out of D.C. office

    12/29/2009 8:21:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1,061+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/09 | erry Seper
    The veteran Justice Department voting rights section chief who recommended going forward on a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party after they disrupted a Pennsylvania polling place in last year's elections has been removed from his post and transferred to the U.S. attorney's office in South Carolina. Justice Department officials confirmed Monday that Christopher Coates, who signed off on the complaint's filing in federal court in Philadelphia in January accusing the party and three of its members of civil rights violations, would begin his new assignment next month.
  • Leaders Cut Safeguards To Salvage Copenhagen Climate Deal [Desperation Reigns Supreme!]

    12/18/2009 11:21:42 AM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 768+ views
    London Times ^ | December 18th 2009
    December 18, 2009 Leaders Cut Safeguards To Salvage Copenhagen Climate Deal Ben Webster and Sam Coates, Copenhagen Key safeguards on climate change were sacrificed today in a desperate attempt by world leaders to achieve a compromise at the Copenhagen summit. Gordon Brown and some other leaders prepared to stay overnight as the final stages of the negotiations were prolonged by a dispute between the US and China over remarks made by President Obama. But reports this evening that President Medvedev of Russia had already left the talks while Japan’s Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, was planning to leave later last night...
  • Voter registration FRAUD in Minnesota

    10/17/2002 12:44:33 PM PDT · by Lyford · 8 replies · 866+ views
    AP ^ | 10/17/02 | Steve Karnowski Associated Press Writer
    COATES, Minn. (AP) - Prosecutors charged 95 people with forgery Wednesday for an alleged scheme in which they all registered to vote using the same address: a strip club recently shut down by city officials. Most of the alleged forgers lived outside the town. The scheme, in which the club's owner also was charged, could have given club supporters a political majority in the town of 163 people. The mayor and two council members are in contested races next month in Coates, where 79 voted in the 2000 general election. "It's shocking to see such a blatant attempt to undermine...