This is just an update. J. Christian Adams testified today before the US Commission on Civil Rights as the non partisan group began to investigate the DOJ’s dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther party.
On trial is the DOJ itself, and you can read the background here. Today Adams told the Commission that attorneys who worked on the case were shocked when the case was dropped because it was such a slam dunk. So outraged was his boss, Christopher Coats, that Coates actually threw a memo that outlined the case, back in the face of his superiors, when he learned they had not even bothered to read it.
The DOJ has begun to demonize Adams, and my guess is Coates will be on the list too. Here’s the official response from DOJ.
The Justice Department claims it enforces voting rights laws equally. In a written statement last week, the department questioned the motives of Adams, now an attorney in Virginia and a blogger for Pajamas Media.
“It is not uncommon for attorneys with the department to have good faith disagreements about the appropriate course of action in a particular case, although it is regrettable when a former department attorney distorts the facts and makes baseless allegations to promote his or her agenda,” the statement said.
Assistant AG Tom Perez added this:
“At a minimum, without sufficient proof that New Black Panther Party or Malik Zulu Shabazz directed or controlled unlawful activities at the polls, or made speeches directed to immediately inciting or producing lawless action on Election Day, any attempt to bring suit against those parties based merely upon their alleged ‘approval’ or ‘endorsement’ of Minister King Samir Shabazz and Jackson’s activities would have likely failed,” he told the commission.
That statement is, of course, ridiculous. The DOJ already had already won a default judgement last year. It could not have failed. It was already won.
This is even more shocking if what Adams said is true, that DOJ will ignore voting rights violations against white voters.
It’s not clear what the Commission can do, even if it finds the DOJ should have pursued the case, because it has no power to overturn decisions. But already one commission member has voiced outrage at DOJ, after hearing the testimony. At issue is the fact that the case was already won