Federal Judge finds Obama appointees convinced DOJ to drop charges against Black Panthers
Some may remember that after the 2008 election, charges were filed against the Black Panther party after video was released showing two party members with clubs intimidating voters and poll watchers. DOJ lawyers investigated, filed charges, and a federal court in Philadelphia entered a default guilty judgement when the Panthers failed to respond. But soon after Obama was sworn in, just before sentencing, charges against all were dismissed. Prosecutor Christian Adams, a career prosecutor in DOJ resigned his position and the case as "one of the most flagrant case of voter intimidation you'll ever see", and cited political pressure from the Obama White House as the reason for dropping the charges.
Now, a federal court has found that political appointees appointed by Obama did interfere with the DOJ prosecution of the New Black Panther Party. US District Judge Reggie Walton cited a "series of emails" between Obama appointees and career DOJ lawyers conferring about the case in direct contradiction of Assistant Attorney General Perez's testimony under oath that there was no such involvement. Judicial Watch, the group who filed the lawsuit under FOIA will likely receive fees and costs related to the suit along with the documents that reveal the extent of the deception. Judicial Watch President tom Fitton said "The decision shows that we can't trust the Obama Justice Department to fairly administer our nation's voting and election laws."
To that I would add... neither can DOJ be trusted to enforce immigration laws, to keep weapons from Mexican drug cartels, or to prosecute a single Wall Street banker for the massive housing loan fraud that brought our economy to the brink of disaster. Neither can we trust top DOJ appointees to tell the truth under oath. But despite everything, Mr. Obama says he fully supports his Attorney General, Eric Holder. Makes sense only if Holder is following the directions of his boss.