Report: Black Panther Case Put Politics Above Law

Hans von Spakovsky, The Foundry Blog

The final version of the Interim Report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the investigation of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case was released late last week and is available on the commission’s website. Get it while it’s hot.

With the expiration of the terms of several commissioners, new appointees by President Obama and others doing the administration’s bidding will soon control a majority of the commission seats.  It seems unlikely the new majority will continue the investigation into the real reason for the dismissal of the NBBP lawsuit.

Given the raucous and obstreperous behavior of the Democratic commissioners, with the unfortunate help of Vice Chairman Abigail Thernstrom, to stymie the investigation and protect the Obama administration, it is also almost a sure bet that nothing further will be done to investigate the sworn testimony about the hostility to race neutral enforcement of civil rights laws at Justice that the Commission uncovered, or the unlawful stonewalling by the Department of the Commission’s investigation.

The Commission’s report is devastating, particularly the statements of Commissioners Todd Gaziano (with whom I work at Heritage), Gail Heriot, and Peter Kirsanow, and their rebuttals to the nonsubstantive, almost comical dissent of Democratic Commissioners Michael Yaki and Arlan Melendez.  Also worth reading is a post on the report of The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin., as well as comments by former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams.

As Commissioner Gaziano says in his statement that is included in the 210-page report, the Commission’s investigation was about a possible cover up of a:

racial double standard in law enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The usual Washington refrain is that the cover-up is always worse than the original offense.  But in this case, the underlying problem may be as damning as the wrongful cover-up – and possibly worse….[Justice Department lawyers testified] that there is a pervasive hostility to the race-neutral enforcement of the civil rights laws….Such a racial double standard in law enforcement would be at war with the very notion of a federal Civil Rights Division devoted to the equal protection of the laws.  Yet, the Department of Justice is unquestionably hostile to any serious investigation of these allegations.

The dissenting commissioners make the false claim that there was no evidence to support any of the allegations, disregarding and ignoring the sworn testimony of two Justice Department whistleblowers and numerous other witnesses.  But as Jennifer Rubin succinctly points out for The Washington Post, the report shows that….

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  1. mitchsagraves says:

    Betcha if I stood out in front of a voting poll w/a white sheet on, with only holes cut out over my eyes, they'd throw me UNDER a jail that I'd never get out of. DOJ & Obummer are jokes of the highest form!

    • They are not jokes. They are a real threat to our freedom in this country.

    • I've got to go along with Lynne. They're not a joke . They are a real threat and we can't afford to let them continue.

    • No, I do not agree that they are jokes. We have in power the most dangerous group of people ever put together in one spot in the history of man.
      They rank right up there with Gengis Kahn as far as being a real and present danger to the people of the USA, and what remains of the free world.
      Treason at its highest form and we deserve better.
      Write you Senators and Reps. demanding obamas impeachment and removal from office.

  2. Holder, Obama, and the rest of these minions deserve to be arrested
    and put on trial. Obummer’s days are numbered. The question is:
    can we recover from all the damage he and his gang have inflicted
    on our great nation? What a bunch of demented sociopaths some
    of our citizens supported. May we all learn a lesson from this??

  3. Simple and effective:

    Here is the solution to all the controversy over full body scanners.

    Have a booth that you can step into that will not x-ray you,but will detonate any explosives you may have on your body. It would be a win-win for everyone and there would none of this garbage about racial profiling, and this method would eliminate a long and expensive trial.

    Justice would be swift.

    This is so simple, it's brilliant. I can see it now. You're in the
    airport and you hear a muffled explosion.

    Shortly you hear an announcement over the PA system. Attention stand by passengers. We now have a seat available on flight 91.

    Paging maintenance. Shop Vac needed in booth #5

  4. Two guys are sitting around talking about politics.

    One of them asks the other, "So why are you a Republican?"

    "Because my daddy and granddaddy were Republicans," was the man's reply.

    "What if your daddy and granddaddy were horse thieves?"

    "In that case, I guess I'd be a Democrat."

  5. Dannie long says:

    This is absolutely unexceptable. When you have a black in office and he thinks just because people voted him in they are for all blacks that's not true when theuy break the laws they should be trearted as law breakers, had whites done this you would not have heard the end of that. I feel we should not let this slide under the rug. The lack panthers most definately shopuld be held responsible. If not the whites should be raising cane. This shows that Obama is racist, socialist islamist, borned in Kenya, not borned in the U.S. and should not be president, this is absurd. Whites should stand up.!!!

  6. How in the HE*L can these people get away with this without consequences? Is this America or am I in la, la land?

  7. kenny1801 says:


  8. Obama is America's foremost racist.

  9. kenny1801 says:

    The above photo tells the WHOLE STORY!!!

  10. Laurence S. Eraut says:

    The tool for ridding ourselves of this outlaw president :

    Yes, Barak Obama was born in Hawaii. However, after that, he spent most of
    his early life in Indonesia, and used an Indonesian passport, and went by a different name, all
    of which disqualifies him for the Senate, or for the Presidency.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Laurence S. Eraut

  11. Edwardkoziol says:

    The picture above says it all .As long as the colored people get their way there will be no trouble but if your going to vote the BPgoon squad will be there to threaten you and the DOJ will do diddle s–t.Just listen to the black politicians Clyburn,Sheila Lee Jackson and others when they speak they cry racism.You never hear from Herman Caine,Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell because they speak the truth.


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