Justice For All?
It was nice while it lasted. Obama’s Justice Department has completely abandoned the principle of Equal Justice under the Law for All Americans. Justice is no longer blind, she picks favorites.
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 a Justice official claim the case wasn’t solid.
“It is false,” Adams said of the claim.
“We abetted wrongdoing and abandoned law-abiding citizens,” he later testified.
The department abandoned the New Black Panther case last year. It stemmed from an incident on Election Day in 2008 in Philadelphia, where members of the party were videotaped in front of a polling place, dressed in military-style uniforms and allegedly hurling racial slurs while one brandished a night stick.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist [Bartle Bull] 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.
Mr. Bull said the “clear purpose” of what the Panthers were doing was to “intimidate voters with whom they did not agree.” He also said he overheard one of the men tell a white poll watcher: “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.”
He called their conduct an “outrageous affront to American democracy and the rights of voters to participate in an election without fear.” He said it was a “racially motivated effort to limit both poll watchers aiding voters, as well as voters with whom the men did not agree.”
The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors [Obama appointee, Eric Holder] ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents. The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.
Here is a video of the incident:
In the suit, which names the state of Arizona as well as Gov. Jan Brewer as defendants, the Justice Department claims the federal government has “preeminent authority” on immigration enforcement and that the Arizona law “disrupts” that balance. It urges the U.S. District Court in Arizona to “preliminarily and permanently” prohibit the state from enforcing the law, which is scheduled to go into effect at the end of the month.
Republican Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl released a joint statement calling the suit “premature.”
“The Obama administration has not done everything it can do to protect the people of Arizona from the violence and crime illegal immigration brings to our state. Until it does, the federal government should not be suing Arizona on the grounds that immigration enforcement is solely a federal responsibility,” the senators said.
President Obama, Eric Holder, and the Department of Justice are flagrantly shielding criminals and actively blocking state and local efforts to enforce the law. They’ve perverted our legal system, transforming it into a criminal enterprise.