Obama Gonna Hafta Bust a Whitey

Initimidation of white voters is now a federally protected practice:

Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.

The incident – which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube – had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.

Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

Mind you,this was not dismissed for the usual reasons where a prosecutor no longer feels he has sufficient evidence to secure a conviction because in this case a conviction has already been obtained and the case was moving on to its sentencing phase.

Maybe when AG Holder said America was cowardy when it came to matters of race he failed to notice certain participants in the dialogue were weilding nightsticks.

To make matters even more interesting we have an extremely popular sheriff being investigated simultaneously by 3 government agencies supposedly over civil rights violations…whose urgency is rather ironic considering the above referenced story where civil rights don’t really seem all that important:

Robert N. Driscoll, a District-based lawyer for Maricopa County who served as a civil rights official at the Justice Department early in the George W. Bush era, said he was seeking “assurances that political rivalries and score settling played no role in the investigations.”

In his letter, Driscoll said that a civil rights probe of the Arpaio operation began in early March, weeks after four influential Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee called for an investigation into alleged discrimination and possible constitutional violations in arrests and in police searches and seizures.

The investigation appeared on a list of accomplishments the Justice Department prepared for reporters in April, after the Obama administration had been in office 100 days. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has said that reinvigorating the enforcement of civil rights laws is a high priority.

The civil rights unit at the Justice Department has itself been a focus of intense interest. In a report this year, the department’s inspector general uncovered ideological motivations behind the hiring and transfer of career lawyers during part of the Bush administration.

You mean the conviction-tossing Obama DoJ didn’t approve of the Bush DoJ? Pardon the pun but: color me suspicious.

Driscoll wrote in his letter, referring to the sheriff’s office, “When one law enforcement agency becomes subject to three federal investigations in a matter of weeks immediately after a shift of political control in Washington, it is difficult not to speculate that politics played a role in the decision or that policy differences related to hot-button topics such as local law enforcement’s vigorous enforcement of immigration related crimes are being litigated through enforcement actions.”

No kiddin’.

If this goes all the way to the Supreme Court Sheriff Arpaio can look forward to a Latina woman with the richness of her life experiences to adjudicate the fate of a white male accused of aggressively enforcing immigration law.

And by post-racial he meant no honkies.

And by post-racial he meant no honkies.

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~ by Mr. Snuggle Bunny on May 31, 2009.

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