As I watched the following unfold last November, a surge of fear came over me. That soon turned into outrage . . .
Let The Brothers Go : Obama’s Justice Department is dropping charges against the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and two of its members who were involved in voter intimidation on Election Day at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania polling station.
A Justice spokesman said the department decided to take this action after winning an injunction earlier this month against a third member, Samir Shabazz, that prevents him from ever brandishing a weapon outside a polling place again as he was charged with doing last November.
Obviously, Obama’s Justice Department was just displaying some of the Obamamessiah’s vaunted empathy — “based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law” — what a hoot! — obviously, the biggest fact was the guy is a brother — but Justice warned him not to do it again — that’s the ticket.
Obama has now replaced Justice’s blindfold with shades.
The Washington Post reports:
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.
But if using billy-clubs to intimidate wasn’t going to be enough, the DNC made sure that their presence would be legal:
The lawyers also had ascertained that one of the three men had gained access to the polling place by securing a credential as a Democratic poll watcher, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Washington Times.
The career Justice lawyers were on the verge of securing sanctions against the men earlier this month when their superiors ordered them to reverse course, according to interviews and documents. The court had already entered a default judgment against the men on April 20.
This is not going to be “case closed” as they would like it to be:
Mr. Miyar declined to elaborate about any internal dispute between career and political officials, saying only that the department is “committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote.”
Incidents of this kind of intimidation as well as DNC party disregarding the laws of not campaigning inside polling places were rampid during the 2006 mid-term elections and now that they have their boy in office, look for it to get worse for the 2010 elections.