In a Washington Times exclusive story, we learn that political appointees – not lawyers or investigators – have ordered closed the federal civil complaint against three members of the New Black Panther Party accused of intimidation at a Philadelphia polling place in November.
Many may remember the YouTube video of the obvious intimidation shown here.
Do go and read the full Washington Times piece, but here are a few paragraphs.
The incident – which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube – had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago. …
The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents. The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.
Update: I totally missed that Michelle Malkin asked some good questions yesterday (and updates today here) concerning this subject and made some inquires before the Washington Times piece today. Michelle also has a telling signed affidavit from a poll monitor that you must read.