Do you remember the voter intimidation case involving two night stick-wielding Black Panthers at a Philly voting location during the Presidential election of ’08?
These would be the same two Black Panthers of whom career Justice Department lawyers spent months putting together their case which included an affidavit from a prominent 60s 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.
These two Black Panthers are to be totally confused with the Black Panthers that completely blew off a court summons that was issued based on the strength of the DoJ case.
And these two Black Panthers are also to be confused with the Black Panthers whose case against them was inexplicably dropped by politically-appointed higher-ups in the DoJ led by that miserable hack who is currently running the show there – an action by which the Civil Rights Commission, a group so ideologically splintered they couldn’t organize a rock fight, has been rebuffed in a near-unanimous effort to seek an official explanation for Justice’s action.
Do you remember those guys, now?
Well, we’re happy to report that heads are finally beginning to roll regarding this complete travesty.
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.
What? The man who okayed the investigation is the one getting whacked?
And the reassignment to South Caroling is no insignificant legal matter as far as the Blank Panther case goes because Coates who was willing to testify to the Civil Rights Commission but denied from doing so by his DoJ superiors is forbidden from giving testimony according to 42 USC Sec. 1975 which limits the Commission’s subpoena power to within 100 miles of where the witness lives or does business.
Now, that’s just outstanding. As far as politicizing political appointees and completely undermining the concept of justice this is all blue ribbon-worthy.
Of course, we’re sure that the irony of an administration that is descendant of the efforts of the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s would work so callously and dismissively to subvert and make a mockery of those very hard-fought efforts is not lost on you all, dear readers.
And what is so puzzling to us is why? Why expend the political capital on a couple of bullies… a couple of community organizers? Guess (political) blood is thicker than water afterall.