4:21 PM, Jan 4, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
J. Christian Adams has a devastating post on Adam Serwer and the New Black Panther Party scandal:
Serwer, in a Washington Post blog entry today about the New Black Panther, frolics some more in the journalistic sewer. Lev Davidovich would be proud once again.
Despite the fact that Civil Rights Commissioner Abigail Thernstrom has all but vanished when it comes to the New Black Panther dismissal after the damning firsthand testimony of Christopher Coates, Serwer writes: “I've contacted Professor Thernstrom, who would not comment on the record but assured me that I did not mischaracterize her views.” Really?
She won’t go on the record, but Serwer will put her on the record anyhow. It seems his noble ends justified his ignoble means.
Serwer deploys more slimy tricks of the trade to help defend the government:
He claims “the voting section under Obama has intervened on behalf of white voters.” This is an outright lie. The Voting Section under Obama never “intervened” in anything. At best, it filed a motion, a motion which has yet to be granted, even though Serwer pretends it has been, to extend a remedy. The Bush Administration brought the case against Brown, and the Obama administration has never “intervened on behalf of white voters.” He uses the complexities behind Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, and his ignorance of the law, to trick people into thinking the Obama DOJ did something to protect white voters. I’ve written in extensive detail about how the motion filed in the Brown case is a shallow trick.
In reality, the bureaucrats at DOJ were protecting themselves from criticism by quickly cobbling together the motion to extend the remedy in the Brown case – a motion which has yet to be granted six months later. The Obama DOJ didn’t even begin to consider this route until after I started to hammer them on June 25, 2009. Before that, crickets. Serwer would have you believe such vigilance was part of their program, when he knows full well it isn’t.
Either Serwer doesn’t understand Section 5 and federal civil procedure, or, he is lying. Despite the fact he isn’t a lawyer, I’ll still bet on option b.
Whole thing here.
5:18 PM, Oct 7, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jen Rubin first reported here and here on the existence of a letter written by former DOJ attorney and New Black Panther trial team leader Chris Coates to a Justice Department official documenting his concerns about unequal enforcement of voting rights laws.
This should be at the top of the agenda for the Senate and House Judiciary Committees in January.10:25 AM, Oct 1, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the wake of former voting rights attorney Chris Coates’s bombshell testimony on September 24, the New Black Panther Party scandal has reached the front pages of some mainstream press outlets and taken on fresh momentum.
The Scrapbook weighs in. 10:08 AM, Sep 27, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has chronicled the Department of Justice’s voting rights scandal with the New Black Panther Party from the very beginning. (See Jennifer Rubin’s pieces here, here, here, and here.)
8:13 AM, Sep 23, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Well, here we go. The head of the Justice Department's New Black Panther Party's trial team, Chris Coates, is breaking his silence and coming forward to tell his side of the story on Friday to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Obama Justice Department's stonewall, we suspect, will be in rubble by the week's end. If Coates confirms THE WEEKLY STANDARD's reporting and prior testimony of former voting section attorney J. Christian Adams, there will be plenty for the Republican committee chairmen of the 112th Congress to chew over. And lots more witnesses to subpoena.
Jennifer Rubin writes in. 3:14 PM, Sep 20, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jennifer Rubin follows up on several recent stories she's written for THE WEEKLY STANDARD (see here, here, and here) with this email:
The Justice Department is forced to investigate itself. Sep 27, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 02 • By JENNIFER RUBIN
It is about to get harder for both the Obama administration and the mainstream media to downplay the New Black Panther party scandal.
Yes, the New Black Panther voter intimidation case is a story. 1:20 AM, Jul 17, 2010 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Ben Smith has an interesting piece in Politico on differences between conservatives regarding the Justice Department’s dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case and the subsequent investigation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
5:38 PM, Jul 14, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jennifer Rubin, who has previously covered the New Black Panther voter intimidation case here, here, and here, writes in to provide this update on the case:
The Obama Justice Department went to bat for the New Black Panther party—and then covered it up. Jun 21, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 38 • By JENNIFER RUBIN
The case is straightforward. On Election Day 2008, two members of the New Black Panther party (NBPP) dressed in military garb were captured on videotape at a Philadelphia polling place spouting racial epithets and menacing voters. One, Minister King Samir Shabazz, wielded a nightstick. It was a textbook case of voter intimidation and clearly covered under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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