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Why did the Justice Department dismiss such a clear case of voter intimidation? Stonewalling?

President Obama's Justice Department continues to stonewall inquiries about why it dropped a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party.

The episode—which Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, calls "the most blatant form of voter intimidation I've ever seen"—began on Election Day 2008. Mr. Bull and others witnessed two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb at a polling place near downtown Philadelphia. (Some of this behavior is on YouTube.)

One of them, they say, brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!"

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:00 AM on Aug. 22, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • In the first week of January, the Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring voters with the weapon, uniforms and racial slurs. In March, Mr. Bull submitted an affidavit at Justice's request to support its lawsuit.
    When none of the defendants filed any response to the complaint or appeared in federal district court in Philadelphia to answer the suit, it appeared almost certain Justice would have prevailed by default. Instead, the department in May suddenly allowed the party and two of the three defendants to walk away. Against the third defendant, Minister King Samir Shabazz, it sought only an injunction barring him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years—action that's already illegal under existing law.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:01 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203550604574361071968458430.html
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:02 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • Could you imagine the uproar that would have been heard it this had been a KKK member doing the exact same behavior. Can you say: D-O-U-B-L-E S-T-A-N-D-A-R-D!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • IDK, maybe the Justice Dept. is going Chicago Style as well.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:29 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • grly i'd like to know as well.IMO it's BS but thats coming from a cracker lol
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:30 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • So why did not former admin do anything about?It happened in Nov ' 2008.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • uh anon they let off AFTER that
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 9:42 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • They are Obama thugs why would he convict them?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 9:56 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • Wonder if Sweet A Kins will touch this post.lol I doubt it.lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

  • So why did not former admin do anything about?It happened in Nov ' 2008


    They [justice onder Bush] are the ones who originally filed. But see court cases take TIME..::insert sarcasm here::


    .. Wow, the [lacking] intelligence of anons never cease to amaze...  Just because ONE post has ONE link, you might want to do a little research before you commence with spewing... 

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:27 AM on Aug. 22, 2009

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