Friday, September 24, 2010

Department of Injustice - Racially Discriminating Enforcement (More Material)

For some time, Dean has been campaigning for a special wing in the Political Hall of Shame for Eric Holder and his so called Justice Department. Today, we have sworn testimony before the Civil Rights Commission by a senior attorney in the Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, Christopher Coates, that Obama appointees were and are actively hostile to a race neutral interpretation of the nation's voting rights laws. You can read the whole testimony at Pajamas Media, but here are some highlights. A little background is in order, first. Essentially, Coates investigated Ike Brown in Noxubee County, MS for systematically violating the rights of white voters in Democrat primaries. Complaints first aired in 2003 eventually resulted in a civil injunction against Mr. Brown and his cronies to prevent further harassment of white voters and candidates. Outright hostility to the decision to take legal action by career attorneys as well as outside pressure groups made this case a particularly good precedent, showing that the government was committed to race neutral enforcement of the law. However, after Obama's election and the appointment of Holder as Attorney General things changed. Coates testimony follows:

When I became Chief of the Voting Section in 2008 and because I had experienced, as I have described, employees in the Voting Section refusing to work on the Ike Brown case, I began to ask applicants for trial attorney positions in their job interviews whether they would be willing work on cases that involved claims of racial discrimination against white voters, as well as cases that involved claims of discrimination against minority voters.
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However, word that I was asking applicants that question got back to Loretta King. In the spring of 2009, Ms. King, who had by then been appointed Acting AAG for Civil Rights by the Obama Administration, called me to her office and specifically instructed me that I was not to ask any other applicants whether they would be willing to, in effect, race-neutrally enforce the VRA. Ms. King took offense that I was asking such a question of job applicants and directed me not to ask it because she does not support equal enforcement of the provisions of the VRA and had been highly critical of the filing and prosecution of the Ike Brown case.

The election of President Obama brought to positions of influence and power within the CRD [Civil Rights Division] many of the very people who had demonstrated hostility to the concept of equal enforcement of the VRA [Voting Rights Act].

I think this testimony speaks for itself. We have elected an administration that feels free to follow a policy of racial discrimination. Only oversight by the opposition party controlling the Congress will prevent further abuse.

More Material

RightKlik, at fellow SLOB blog Left Coast Rebel, has additional material and commentary and ties in that clown Colbert.

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