The Washington Times has an absolutely incredible story that is almost lost in between the lines.
- 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.
- The government sued the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
- An affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen.
- The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.
- A Justice Department spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the agency had dropped the case, dismissing two of the men from the lawsuit with no penalty and winning an order against the third man that simply prohibits him from bringing a weapon to a polling place.
There’s a video of the incident:
Here’s what I want to know:
- Why are Obama appointees overruling justice Department career officials ?
- Why is this being dropped when a default judgment had already been obtained against the defendants? That means the defendants didn’t bother to show up in court. That means they had already been found guilty by their failure to appear.
- Who ordered the Justice Department officials to drop the case, and why?
This smells; and you don’t have to be Sherlock Freaking Holmes to recognize the stench of Chicago Politics.