Friday, September 24, 2010

You didn't hear this on the radio - DOJ dismissed Black Panther case due to pressure

At least I didn't hear it on the radio. I've had it on all morning as I do a cleanup in our travel trailer.  I've heard plenty about Stephen Colbert , John Conyers, of all people was the hero there.
Anyway, Gateway Pundit is on the ball with this post.

Obama Justice Department Accused of Racial Prejudice; Dismissed Case Due to Pressure From NAACP
by Jim Hoft

Christopher Coates, former voting chief for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division testified today before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The lawmaker accused the Obama Administration of racial prejudice. He told the commission that the Black Panther Voter Intimidation case was dismissed due to pressure from the NAACP.

Gateway quotes Fox news with this:
Coates discussed in depth the DOJ’s decision to dismiss intimidation charges against New Black Panther members who were videotaped outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008 dressed in military-style uniforms — one was brandishing a nightstick — and allegedly hurling racial slurs…

…He said civil rights attorneys stick to cases that involve minority victims, and he said the Black Panther case was dismissed following “pressure” by the NAACP and “anger” at the case within the Justice Department itself.

“That anger was the result of their deep-seated opposition to the equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act against racial minorities and for the protection of white voters who have been discriminated against,” he said.

UPDATE:  Just read this on Instapundit:
DISTRACTION: So, yesterday reader John Mark Williams suggested that the Colbert testimony was intended to distract from coverage of Christopher Coates’ testimony about the Justice Department’s racism scandals. If so, it’s worked. Front page of Daily Caller: Colbert. Drudge led with Colbert until the news of the Klein & Zucker firings came out. Limbaugh led off today talking about Colbert. NRO has covered Colbert at The Corner, but not Coates. Washington Examiner headline: Colbert. Looking around other sites, I see more about Colbert than Coates. Hot Air and Power Line did better. 
It sounds about right to me.

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