Thursday, May 20, 2010

DOJ Machinations Coming To Light In NBP Case

You may recall that during the 2008 Election, three New Black Panthers were arrested for voter intimidation in Philadelphia. Below is a recap of the situation at the time:

Well, good. They were arrested. Seemed to be the right thing to do.

Until the Department of Justice decided to drop the charges against them. Yes, that's right. AG Holder decided to drop all charges against them. I am sure that was not the least bit politically motivated. Ahem.

Well, the plot thickens, as this editorial highlights, DOJ Voting Rights Attorney Resigns Over Black Panther Stonewalling. Oh, dear - that doesn't sound good:
A trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s Voting Rights Section has resigned, citing concerns about the government’s refusal to prosecute a case involving voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party. A letter of resignation obtained by The Washington Examiner from a former Justice Department employee makes clear DOJ has refused to allow attorneys in the Voting Rights Section to testify before the congressionally-chartered bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, despite subpoenas that could result in their being held in contempt.In his letter of resignation, J. Christian Adams said:
On the other hand, the events surrounding the dismissal of United States v. New Black Panther Party, et al., after the trial team sought and obtained an entry of default, has subjected me, Mr. Christopher Coates, and potentially at some point, all members of the team, to a subpoena from the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The subpoena is based on an explicit federal statute and seeks answers about why the case was dismissed.

I have incurred significant personal expense in retaining a number of separate attorneys and firms regarding this subpoena in order to protect my interests and advise me about my personal legal obligation to comply with the subpoena. Over the last few months, one of my attorneys has had multiple communications with Federal Programs regarding the subpoena. My attorney suggested to them that the Department should file a motion in district court to quash the subpoena and thereby resolve conclusively any question about my obligation to comply.

Months ago, my attorney advised the Department that a motion to quash would be welcome, and that I would assert no objection to the motion. Further, my attorney has explicitly sought to ascertain whether Executive Privilege has been invoked regarding the decisions of individuals not in the Voting Section to order the dismissal of the case. If Executive Privilege has been asserted, or will be, obviously I would not comply with the subpoena. These options would provide some conclusive legal certainly about the extent of my obligation to comply with a subpoena issued pursuant to a federal statute. Instead, we have been ordered not to comply with the subpoena, citing a federal regulation (emphasis mine).

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the attorney is just a bit upset at this turn of events, wouldn't you? There's more:

Adams also cites his knowledge of the criminal character and “violent tendencies of” members of the New Black Panther Party, saying:

As you also know, the defendants in the New Black Panther lawsuit have become increasingly belligerent in their rhetoric toward the attorneys who brought the case. (See eg., April 23, 2010 statement of Malik Zulu Shabazz, case statement.pdf, describing the “phony case” brought by “the modern day racist lynch mob seeking to hang what [we] think .are [our] modern slaves.”) Their grievances toward us generally echo the assertions that the facts and law did not support the lawsuit against them, ab initio. Knowing intimately the criminal character and violent tendencies of the members of New Black Panther Party, it is my profound hope that these assertions are tempered.

This follows the departure of another attorney, who before transferring to South Carolina, read a statement to a surprised “goodbye luncheon” about his opposition to the way the case is handled (see here). More updates to follow. The document is below:

J. Christian Adams resignation letter 051910

UPDATE: The New Black Panthers' website appears to be down. You can read Malik Zulu Shabazz's statement over at Main Justice.

Holy moley. Well, we all knew it was suspicious that these charges were dropped. Just more of the incredibly disturbing trends coming from Obama's Department Of Justice:"Let's bring KSM to New York for his trial!" "Let's sue a state over a law we haven't read! Who cares that there is a Memo that supports their law, along with the Federal Law??" "We're the DOJ, and we operate on the Court of Public Opinion, the law be damned!"

I don't even want to see what is coming next from these people, do you?


SFIndie said...

Well, we have a top Obama advisor who is now calling Jerusalem by its Arabic name ( -

We have Eric Holder who refuses to say "radical Islam" because we don't want to offend anyone.

We no longer have a problem with terrorism, because that creates too much fear. Instead we have "man-caused disasters". Of course, stirring up fear around an AZ law that only serves to enforce the law is okay. Even if you haven't read the law.

The man so many people voted for in an effort to absolve their "white guilt" (which is a bunch of BS as far as I'm concerned) and to prove how far this country has evolved is in reality serving to create racial and ethnic divisiveness that may erupt into violence not seen since the civil rights struggle.

How's that HOPE and CHANGE working for you now, folks? We tried to tell you.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

You said it, SF, and beautifully.

Can you believe Holder REFUSED to say "Islamic Extremists"?? It would have been laughable watching him squirm and try and get out of it in front of the Senate if he wasn't the AG for the country!! It is pitiful, pitiful how he is running/ruining the DOJ. And I thought it was getting bad under Bush.

Seriously - when Obama and his minions make Bush and Co. look good by comparison, that is frightening.

Yeah - see, this is the problem when people don't vote for the best candidate for the job, thus being sexist as hell, so they can try and assuage their guilt, which is racist. To vote for the least qualified candidate because of the color of their skin is racist. They did not hold Obama to the same standards as everyone else who came before him.

And now we are stuck with this inept empty suit. Great. Thanks shitloads, y'all.

SFIndie said...

I know this is all not funny, but I had to laugh at "Thanks shitloads, y'all." Couldn't have said it better myself!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

:-D Thanks, SF! And really, what else is there to say?

At least I have found some freakin' awesome folks (!!), so there's that...

Mary Ellen said...

There's no doubt in my mind that Obama believes that he is not a President of this country but King. He makes up the rules as he goes along and there are plenty empty-headed lackeys to support his every wish. He knows that the only thing he has to do is cry "racist" and he will get what he wants. No punishment for those who break the law as long as they are black, Mexican, or Islamic terrorists...Obama wants to protect them. For those who don't fit that description...well, they can go to hell as far as he's concerned.

I'm not sure if we can take another three years of this, and my fear is that it will extend another four years after that because there are still a whole lot of idiots who think Obama can do no wrong...that includes my husband and kids. It's scary to see the way they protect him and close their eyes and ears to any news that is derogatory toward Obama.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

ME, you are so right - he thinks he is emperor. Remember when we thought that abt Bush? Who knew it was going to get WORSE????

Btw, you are racist for saying Obama makes it all abt racism.

:-D LOL.

I couldn't resist that one either...