J. Christian Adams, an attorney working in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, brought charges of violation of civil rights against Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, two members of the New Black Panther group for voter intimidation. Among the evidence was an actual video of them brandishing police night sticks and verbally harassing white voters at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008. For the uninitiated, this is not a misdemeanor. It is a felony and a federal crime.
While the case was quite strong, essentially a given, Attorney General Eric Holder stopped all action on the prosecution of the case, essentially folding in mid-trial and resulting in the case being dropped and the men being released on probation.
Records of the communication between the DOJ and the White House regarding this case have since been requested under the Freedom of Information Act. These were denied by the White House. A lawsuit was then filed to have the records released. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez testified that there was no involvement by any political leadership at the White House in the case, however the records obtained from he DOJ showed that there were emails to the DOJ from presidential appointees specifically regarding this case. A ruling has been issued against the White House mandating that the records be made public.
I expect any day now that this will suddenly be declared under the mantra of executive privilege, as though the people at the White House are privileged to violate American citizen’s civil right to vote.
They are Fast and Loose. And I’m Furious.