Monday, September 27, 2010


It seems obvious that instead of being race-neutral, the Department of Justice is catering to President Obama and Attorney General Holder’s black brethren.
In OBAMA’S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPOINTEES IGNORE FACTS AND PROSECUTORS’ OBJECTIONS, GIVE BLACK PANTHERS A PASS (6-9-10), I reproduced the Washington Times op ed column by J. Christian Adams which denounced the Justice Department’s dismissal of voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party. At the time of the dismissals, Adams served as a voting rights attorney at DOJ.
In his op ed piece, Adams wrote about a clash voting section chief Christopher Coats had with Steve Rosenbaum, chief of the special litigation section in the Civil Rights Division. Here is what Adams wrote;
"Mr. Rosenbaum admitted that he had not bothered to read the most important department documents detailing the investigative facts and applicable law in the New Black Panther case. Christopher Coates, the former Voting Section chief, was so outraged at this dereliction of responsibility that he actually threw the memos at Mr. Rosenbaum in the meeting where they were discussing the dismissal of the case. The department subsequently removed all of Mr. Coates' responsibilities and sent him to South Carolina ."
Now, appearing before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on Friday, Christopher Coates has testified about the Black Panther voting intimidation dismissals contrary to a DOJ directive forbidding him to testify. Commission Chairman Gerald Reynolds declared that Coates was testifying "at great personal risk to himself." Coates asked for protection under the Whistle Blower’s Act.
According to Daniel Foster of the National Review, Coates testified that the downgrading of the case against the New Black Panther Party was evidence of a Justice Department culture which discouraged "race neutral" enforcement of civil rights laws, frowned on prosecuting minority perpetrators and folded under pressure from black and Latino rights groups. "They have not pursued the goal of equal protection of the law for all people," he said.
Coates accused the Justice Department of caving in to outside influence groups, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which he said demanded that prosecutors drop the case. "Many of these groups act…as special interest lobbies for racial and ethnic minorities and demand not equal treatment but enforcement of the Voting Rights Act only for racial and language minorities," Coates said.
The outcome of the New Black Panthers Party case, he said, confirmed his concerns that his superiors are interested only in protecting minorities.
Coates backed up the testimony that J. Christian Adams had given previously to the commission.
I believe this must be some of that ‘Hope and Change’ the Obama campaign was all about – that is, at least for minorities. It all goes to show that JUSTICE IS MORE EQUAL FOR SOME THAN FOR OTHERS.
Oh yes, I think I should mention that Coates is no right-wing Republican. He happens to be a former attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. And as an ACLU attorney, Coates won awards from several civil rights organizations.

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