Coates: Obama appointee told me to stop pursuing race-neutral enforcement of Voting Rights Act

posted at 10:18 am on September 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

PJTV is broadcasting the testimony of Christopher Coates to the Civil Rights Commission live this morning, but they already have his opening statement available in PDF format at Pajamas Media.  It contains at least one bombshell, which is that Obama appointee Loretta King ordered Coates to stop asking applicants whether they supported race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.  The question became necessary because of resistance in the Civil Rights division from career attorneys to enforce the law when it resulted in African-American defendants rather than victims, an attitude that Coates first encountered in the Bush era:

Opposition within the Voting Section was widespread to taking actions under the VRA on behalf of white voters in Noxubee County, MS, the jurisdiction in which Ike Brown was and is the Chairman of the local Democratic Executive Committee.  In 2003, white voters and candidates complained to the Voting Section that elections had been administered in a racially discriminatory manner and asked that federal observers be sent to the primary run-off elections.  Career attorneys in the Voting Section recommended that we not even go to Noxubee County for the primary run-off to do election coverage, but that opposition to going to Noxubee was overridden by the Bush Administration’s CRD Front Office.  I went on the coverage and while traveling to Mississippi, the Deputy Chief who was leading that election coverage asked me, “can you believe that we are going to Mississippi to protect white voters?”  What I observed on that election coverage was some of the most outrageous and blatant racially discriminatory behavior at the polls committed by Ike Brown and his allies that I have seen or had reported to me in my thirty-three plus years as a voting rights litigator.

Eventually, a judge agreed with Coates’ assessment after the Department of Justice won an injunction against Brown and the Democratic Executive Committee, which was held up on appeal.  That was the first time that the DoJ had pursued prosecution under the VRA against African-American defendants, and it rankled many within the CRD.  When Coates took over the division, he began asking in job interviews whether applicants could work on similar cases in the future, but got slapped down for it:

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 American view of the rule of law is clear: laws are to be enforced equally on all people, and prosecutions should not be predicated on ethnicity or other biases.  The court ruled that Ike Brown broke the law.  If so, why wouldn’t Justice prosecute and enforce the VRA for all American citizens?

I will continue to read through Coates’ testimony and update the post as necessary, but this alone should create questions about the politicization of justice and at Justice in this administration.


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they just went to break…WOW (again)

the Holder DOJ should be opened up for full investigation. Of course, that would mean them invetigating THEMSELVES!

Welcome to Gangsta Rulz!

Justrand on September 24, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Can anyone identify the women visible in the background when the camera is on Yaki?

I think she used to be in the Clinton Administration, or a dem operative.

It’s driving me nuts-

Browndog on September 24, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Damn, i am really busy today and can’t keep up with this–what’s the short scoop?

ted c on September 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Limbaugh appears clueless on this as do his callers, who are into tongue bath for Rush mode. Some days he makes me tired.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Yaki is a former advisor to Nancy Pelosi. His partisanship shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Shay on September 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Or his activism-after all, he graduated from UC Berkeley in 1983, and then from Yale Law School in 1986.

And I found this interesting tidbit about how he won the APA (Asian Pacific American) Person of the Year a few years back. Seems as if one of the primary requisites of that nomination was that the biased individual making the selection based it on hatred of Bush:

Looking back on 2007, several Asian Pacific Americans have broken new ground and made significant gains for themselves and the APA community. Certainly, the Indian American and newly-elected Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, fits that description. As do Congressman Mike Honda (for his tireless advocacy), Lt. Ehren Watada (for his principled opposition to the Iraq war), and Gen. Antonio Taguba (for speaking out about the abuses at Abu Ghraib).

In a year when the excesses of the Bush Administration had to be held in check, people who could stand up to power and speak up for principle were sorely needed. And given the way the media conglomerates have favored celebrity fluff over substantial news, people who chose to protest what they perceived as abuses of power were oftentimes forced to toil outside of the media spotlight.

My choice for 2007 APA Person of the Year, therefore, may sound unfamiliar to people outside San Francisco, where Michael Yaki served as a member of the Board of Supervisors (from 1996 to 2001) and as district director for Representative (now Speaker) Nancy Pelosi’s office.

-SNIP-

As with many other government agencies that regulate and oversee industry, the Bush appointees at the Commission on Civil Rights have issued informal “briefing reports” rather than formal statutory or hearing reports, stopped performing original social science research, and conducted brief hearings that, as Yaki noted, “[a]t worst, … serve as thinly-veiled political cover for the Commission majority to issue ideological policy statements to influence pending legislation, administrative decisions or reviews, and judicial cases.”

On the Commission’s website (usccr.gov), you can read more about their work and Yaki’s brave and principled efforts to protect affirmative action, Title IX opportunities for women, and more. The depth of Yaki’s passion and scholarship is displayed in reports such as the Commission’s ten-year update on the effect of the Adarand federal procurement case decided by the Supreme Court in 1995. In 2005, the majority of the commissioners issued a 77-page report that was rebutted by Yaki’s 106-page dissent, including five appendices of facts and figures.

Next year could prove another difficult one for Yaki and others who continue to toil inside our federal government, to hold back the Bush Administration’s assault on our Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties. Thank you, Commissioner Yaki, and keep up the good fight!

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM

The commission will need to complete some kind of report before the end of the year, I think. Unless I’m mistaken, Obama gets to appoint enough new people in January to get a majority. That will be the end of investigating civil rights wrongdoing at the DOJ.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

In spite of that….read again…….

Career attorneys in the Voting Section recommended that we not even go to Noxubee County for the primary run-off to do election coverage, but that opposition to going to Noxubee was overridden by the Bush Administration’s CRD Front Office.

It pays to comprehend what you’re reading, dear.

Any guesses which ideology these “career attorneys” within the doj support?

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Liberals can’t be racists…

Akzed on September 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Damn, i am really busy today and can’t keep up with this–what’s the short scoop?

ted c on September 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Coates corroborated Adams in impressive fashion and the DOJ is presently standing in the middle of a large minefield.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Coates corroborated Adams in impressive fashion and the DOJ is presently standing in the middle of a large minefield.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Very well put…lol.

SHARPTOOTH on September 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Limbaugh appears clueless on this as do his callers, who are into tongue bath for Rush mode. Some days he makes me tired.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

It’s frustrating for sure. I bet Mark Levin tears DOJ a new one. But we really need Limbaugh on this because he has such a large audience.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 12:52 PM

The commission will need to complete some kind of report before the end of the year, I think. Unless I’m mistaken, Obama gets to appoint enough new people in January to get a majority. That will be the end of investigating civil rights wrongdoing at the DOJ.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

I doubt a new House GOP majority will let it slide.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Coates corroborated Adams in impressive fashion and the DOJ is presently standing in the middle of a large minefield.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:47 PM

great, all we need to do now is to make the DOJ tapdance, right???/

ted c on September 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Sorry I had to do something but I talked to a simple local cop a while back about this stuff. The conclusion:

Say! Why don’t we just STATE POWER in an evenhanded manner toward all?

IlikedAUH2O on September 24, 2010 at 12:54 PM

The DOJ was a complete mess under Bush. See here.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM

That’s why Bush was not allowed to fire any US attorneys during his administration. Can’t have it both ways.

Vince on September 24, 2010 at 12:54 PM

“The commission will need to complete some kind of report before the end of the year, I think. Unless I’m mistaken, Obama gets to appoint enough new people in January to get a majority. That will be the end of investigating civil rights wrongdoing at the DOJ”

The new House can really put the hit on the DOJ even if boma stacks the commission. Plus when the voters loose faith in institutions of government hsit happens and not to the best interest of the DOJ in the long run,HEll we had Jon Mitchell for a while. Looks like fire up da bus time real quick now.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Yeah. The most dangerous man in DC next year will be Darrell Issa with subpoena power. Even if Obama can stop the commission, if Dems lose the House, the game will continue. I’m not sure this thing can be stopped under any circumstances now. There is credible evidence of unlawful racially discriminatory policies at the DOJ, and the commission of multiple felonies. It is just too much to keep a lid on. Clips from today’s testimony will begin making the rounds and there will be a backlash of disgust.

Reynolds and Taylor’s terms expire in December. Reynolds is the guy who inquired about the black associate and his mother who were harassed over his participation in the Black Panther and Ike Brown cases. Taylor is the fool who set himself up for the knockout over the hiring question. He is listed as a Republican(??!!) on the commission’s site.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Drudge just got the Fox story front and center in RED so the story is off and running.Drudge I think has more readers than all the networks combined who have just fired two top execs,Panic in TV land.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Drudge just got the Fox story front and center in RED so the story is off and running.Drudge I think has more readers than all the networks combined who have just fired two top execs,Panic in TV land.

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM

That’s a start, but we need the Drudge siren.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Interesting side angle to this story-from January 2010 in the Main Justice blog, a report citing the Far Left American Prospect:

Main Justice was the first to report early last week that Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates, who had approved the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and the first voter intimidation case against black defendants in Noxubee County, Miss., had been transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina.

Now Adam Serwer of The American Prospect has written a story that puts the shake up in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division into context. Coates, writes Serwer, “underwent an ideological conversion shortly after a black lawyer in the Voting Rights Section, Gilda Daniels, was promoted to deputy section chief over him in July of 2000. Outraged, Coates filed a complaint alleging he was passed up for the job because he is white. The matter was settled internally.”

In other words, Coates is himself a racist. Watch for this spin angle to pop up later today.

Curiously, I have seen no mention that Coates is a Clinton appointee. Wonder why that is?

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

No matter what CRC does after this hearing, the Republican candidate for president in 2012 can run on “rooting racism out of the Department of Justice”.

If the democratic primary gets down and dirty, someone there might use it as well.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2010 at 1:17 PM

just saw the last 15 minutes of it…very impressed with Coates….that yaki guy, what a maroon…

i didn’t hear ANYTHING about the NBP case from him…

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Going to be tough, in light of the fact almost all the cases he prosecuted were done with minorities as the offended parties. Doing a sudden one eighty based on a promotion issue is pretty weak tea. But, they have to play the hand they have been dealt,..aces and eights.:)

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 1:24 PM

The commission will need to complete some kind of report before the end of the year, I think. Unless I’m mistaken, Obama gets to appoint enough new people in January to get a majority. That will be the end of investigating civil rights wrongdoing at the DOJ

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 12:45 PM

It appears to me that Coates is getting a fair amount of support from commissioners on both sides, with the exception of Yaki. The facts are that clear, and can’t be ignored, even by Democrats. I predict Holder is out, probably on November 3rd.

Tyrone Slothrop on September 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Department of Just Us. Obama’s chickens are roosting in the DOJ. They are laying filthy eggs of racism; time for a RECALL!

TN Mom on September 24, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Welcome to post-racial America.

MJBrutus on September 24, 2010 at 1:29 PM

More civil rights cases filed by Bush Admin than Clinton’s.

Obfuscate.

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Credible link, please. I doubt it. The DOJ was a complete mess under Bush. See here.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Still waiting, monkey.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Eric Holder must resign along with everyone in the Voting Rights Section of DOJ

J_Crater on September 24, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Citing the WaPo as a credible link about anything Bush is pretty hilarious.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Whenever someone refutes something you say, you always say the source is “hilarious.” Would you mind listing some acceptable sources?

Is your argument that any of that makes overt racism under Holder OK?

“Can you believe we are being sent down to Mississippi to help a bunch of white people?”

You approve of this then. That’s your argument here.

mankai on September 24, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Do you approve of Bush’s DOJ “downgrading” the Black Panther case from a criminal case to a civil case?

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Credible link, please. I doubt it. The DOJ was a complete mess under Bush. See here.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM
Still waiting, monkey.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Did you listen to Mr.Coates? He’s been with the DOJ since 96 according to his testimony, and said in his testimony today, that they’ve handled more cases under Bush, than under Clinton. Straight from the office itself. Either you should have watched, or get the transcript.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Kelly has Yaki and Taylor (commissioners) on her show now.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Credible link, please. I doubt it. The DOJ was a complete mess under Bush. See here.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 12:08 PM
Still waiting, monkey.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Did you listen to Mr.Coates? He’s been with the DOJ since 96 according to his testimony, and said in his testimony today, that they’ve handled more cases under Bush, than under Clinton. Straight from the office itself. Either you should have watched, or get the transcript.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:36 PM

So he wasn’t there for Clinton’s full term? That’s anecdotal evidence anyway. Show me some evidence. Shouldn’t be difficult. I’ll wait.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Strange-none of the Far Left blogs are touching this story-couldn’t find any threads at DU, PuffHo, or KAOS.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Taylor’s comments here (Kelly-Fox) suggest he actually understands what is going on and disapproves.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Crr6 never lets facts get in the way of Trolling.

kingsjester on September 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Strange-none of the Far Left blogs are touching this story-couldn’t find any threads at DU, PuffHo, or KAOS.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Because it’s a non-story. Again, someone from the CRC openly admitted they’re just looking into this for political reasons.

Is Hotair a credible source for that, by the way? Or is that also “laughable?”

You’re dismissed.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM

ditto, i did see something on politico

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Still waiting, monkey.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Aren’t you ashamed to call yourself a liberal?

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Kelly isn’t letting Yaki dissemble. Good on her.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Do you approve of Bush’s DOJ “downgrading” the Black Panther case from a criminal case to a civil case?

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Nope! Nor do I approve of Obama’s DOJ just chucking it into the trash can, when they’d already won the case.

If this is such a non issue, why is the Civil Rights Commission investigating it?

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Because it’s a non-story.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Fine, we’ll remember just how much of a “non-story” it is when there’s a Republican administration.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Because it’s a non-story.

Something to remember on the day Holder is hounded out.

novaculus on September 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Is Hotair a credible source for that, by the way? Or is that also “laughable?”

You’re dismissed.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Then why are you here? YOU are dismissed!

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

If this is such a non issue, why is the Civil Rights Commission investigating it?

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM

LOL. Read the link in my 1:40 post. You really need to get up to speed on this.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Barack Obama, the Imperial Wizard of the New Ku Klux Klan.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Barack Obama, if the sheet fits, wear it.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 1:46 PM

The Rev Wright assumes the position of a Black marching band member, and instead of the European three, four tempo, he struts across the living room of his golf course hugging mansion in delight, and a compound six, eight tempo to celebrate having an apostle of twenty years in the Oval Office.

The hen has come home to roost.

Hening on September 24, 2010 at 1:48 PM

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:44 PM

You would benefit from some of your own advice…..

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released a draft Vaughn index prepared by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that shows that the two top political appointees at the DOJ were involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense (NBPP). The index, obtained pursuant to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, contradicts sworn testimony by Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, who testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that no political leadership was involved in the decision.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2010/sep/top-obama-doj-officials-involved-decision-drop-black-panther-case-according-evidence-o

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Citing the WaPo as a credible link about anything Bush is pretty hilarious.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Whenever someone refutes something you say, you always say the source is “hilarious.” Would you mind listing some acceptable sources?

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM

LOL, my observation of the WaPo isn’t “hilarious”, it’s absolutely correct, as they have proven their animus for anything Bush for years.

I would consider an analysis by a respectable legal blog that was populated with folks with actual relevant legal experience in the DOJ and Civil Rights Division. If such a blog exists.

There are blogs out there run by experienced lawyers. Power Line comes to mind, but they don’t pretend to be ex-DOJ people. So far today they only have a short blurb on this:

Coates’s testimony is a bombshell. It exposes a couple of Obama administration scandals at once. One involves the Obama administration’s attempt to cover up the rationale for burying the case against the NBPP. The other involves the Obama administration’s support for the racially based administration of justice. Coates’s testimony is suggestive of other scandals as well. You probably won’t be hearing much about it on the broadcast news tonight or in the papers tomorrow, but we all should do everything we can to get the word out.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:50 PM

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Citing Judicial Watch to anyone on the Left will probably just get you laughed at.

Even though they also went after Bush and Cheney.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Anyone ever wonder hat a DOJ would have looked like under George Wallace if he had been elected President? Well, you are seeing it now.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Barack Obama, the new Jimmy Carter George Wallace.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Because it’s a non-story. Again, someone from the CRC openly admitted they’re just looking into this for political reasons.

Is Hotair a credible source for that, by the way? Or is that also “laughable?”

You’re dismissed.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

LOL, citing Thernstrom again? I already took care of that angle earlier in the thread. That’s the thread you instantly abandoned after Baxter Greene and TheBigOldDog posted some Inconvenient Truths about her:

Baxter Greene on July 16, 2010 at 7:44 PM

TheBigOldDog on July 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM

TheBigOldDog on July 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

TheBigOldDog on July 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Heh. Nice!

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

U.S. Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment
Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
. . . .

Gee, I’ve been looking for the subsequent section that begins, “Provided, however . . . ” but can’t seem to locate it. I wonder what was the basis of Loretta King’s order?

Since the 14th Amendment to the United States constitution also explicitly provides that:

“Section. 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. “

then perhaps once they take over Congress in November, the Republicans should subpoena Loretta King and require her to testify under oath about what justification there was for her order, and who, if anyone, ordered her to tell Mr. Coates such a thing.

Obviously, she simply would not have said that on her own. It is pretty clear from the context of the uniform, hang tough DOJ stance on the Black Panther Case back when that ugly dismissal story originally hit the press that a new policy was in place at DOJ. When King spoke to Coates, she was obviously speaking for none other than Eric Holder.

Looks to me like there were some Republican Senators who voted to confirm Eric Holder, who are now going to have some ‘splainin to do, including even Jeff Sessions.

The Republicans should have ALL simply stuck to three key words during his confirmation:

“Mark Rich” & “No.”

As reported by the NY Times:

“Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, for example, said he was sure that Mr. Holder would be ‘a responsible legal officer and not a politician.’

Wishful thinking!

Trochilus on September 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

In short, the first post-racial Admin is officially racist. But nevermind that, lets go back to patting ourselves on the back about how far we’ve come.

james23 on September 24, 2010 at 2:02 PM

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Judicial Watch is a conservative organization. Got anything else? If not I think you can call it a day here, cape.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

then perhaps once they take over Congress in November, the Republicans should subpoena Loretta King and require her to testify under oath about what justification there was for her order, and who, if anyone, ordered her to tell Mr. Coates such a thing.

I suspect that will happen. Gut check time for her.

Obviously, she simply would not have said that on her own. It is pretty clear from the context of the uniform, hang tough DOJ stance on the Black Panther Case back when that ugly dismissal story originally hit the press that a new policy was in place at DOJ. When King spoke to Coates, she was obviously speaking for none other than Eric Holder.
Trochilus on September 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I’m afraid she has some hard decisions to make next year regarding her testimony.

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Well they can laugh away. I’ve done my share of laughing, when I put text of crr6′s comments into my search engine, and a lot of sites come up using the same language. Copy, and paste is a gift to those who can’t think for themselves.

I’m also saddened, as the compulsion to defend the DOJ over this, overrides the fact that lying to congress, and not invoking justice to all, despite religion, or race is not happening there. It’s a shame on this country, and why anyone would even try to defend it, is far beyond my comprehension.

I feel for crr6. To wallow in ignorance in such a way, and not see the inherent dangers that will eventually do to this country, and to a lot of people, is just sad!

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:38 PM

ditto, i did see something on politico

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

From Politico’s post-this one’s for crr6:

Commission Chairman Gerald Reynolds said Coates “appears here at great personal risk to himself. I’d like to than Mr. Coates for his courage in appearing today.” But Commissioner Abigail Thernstrom – a right-leaning civil rights critic who has called the NBPP case “small potatoes” and questioned why the commission has pursued it – was nearly silent during Friday’s hearing, ceding her time to another panelist and declining to discuss the case with reporters.

Some interesting comments after the Politico piece:

After having read the 19 page testimony of Coates it seems quite likely that the DOJ for a long time before Obama, has not wanted to apply the Voting Rights Act equally across the board. However, under this administration, the impunity of this position has become even more pronounced. Coates’ career at Justice is over and because the media has ignored this issue in the DOJ nothing much will change. I definitely applaud Politico for covering this story. It seems to me that this story is about as serious as an issue can get because it strikes at the very heart of a democracy. Blacks, whites, hispanics everybody has a basic right to vote without a scintilla of intimidation. I hope Politico continues to pursue this story. There’s much more to be found.

And another Politico poster linked to a C-BS “News” story, which if true shows that it was the evil Bush who first started the investigation:

The Bush Administration in January 2009 filed suit against three of the members and the New Black Panther Party, but the Obama Administration changed course four months later and dropped the complaint against all but one member, who was wielding a nightstick at the polling place. And it only sought a narrow injunction against him, banning him from Philadelphia polling places until 2012.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said the top career attorney in the Civil Rights Division conducted a “thorough review” and determined the facts only supported claims against the man known to have a weapon.

The commission began investigating the incident last year, but it has taken on greater urgency after J. Christian Adams, one of the lawyers who helped file the suit, resigned from the Justice Department amid the controversy. He testified last week before the Commission that senior officials in DOJ are flatly refusing to apply voting laws in a race-neutral way.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Limbaugh just started talking about this.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Well, at least crr6 and the MFM are on the same page: CHANGE THE SUBJECT!

It’s freaking pathetic, that’s seriously their defense of institutionalized bigotry: change the subject, point at someone else, “dismiss” people, call them “monkeys.”

Anything, ANYTHING but actually defend their position, because their position is indefensible. As usual.

Merovign on September 24, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Rush finally talking about Coates now!

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Judicial Watch is a conservative organization. Got anything else? If not I think you can call it a day here, cape.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

WaPo, Huffington, Kos, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NYT, TIME, USWeak, Wikipedia, Media Matters and many more, are all liberal, yet you have no problem referencing them to prove your point.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Barack Obama has taken the country back 50 years.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 2:15 PM

WaPo, Huffington, Kos, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NYT, TIME, USWeak, Wikipedia, Media Matters and many more, are all liberal, yet you have no problem referencing them to prove your point.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Huffpo, Media Matters and Kos are liberal. The rest aren’t. You pretty much define the entire media outside of blatantly conservative organizations as “liberal” so as to avoid reality. Anyway, we’re now at the part of the thread where you guys stop addressing me directly because you’ve run out of arguments, so i guess it’s time for me to go. As always, it’s been fun.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Huffpo, Media Matters and Kos are liberal. The rest aren’t. You pretty much define the entire media outside of blatantly conservative organizations as “liberal” so as to avoid reality. Anyway, we’re now at the part of the thread where you guys stop addressing me directly because you’ve run out of arguments, so i guess it’s time for me to go. As always, it’s been fun.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Run

CWforFreedom on September 24, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Huffpo, Media Matters and Kos are liberal. The rest aren’t.

In Denial

CWforFreedom on September 24, 2010 at 2:19 PM

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Citing Judicial Watch to anyone on the Left will probably just get you laughed at.

Even though they also went after Bush and Cheney.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Right on cue:

Judicial Watch is a conservative organization. Got anything else? If not I think you can call it a day here, cape.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Some examples of “conservative” cases Judicial Watch has pursued:

Criticizing the George W. Bush administration for their guest worker program, obtaining evidence of a spike in illegal immigration denied by the administration.

Calling for Republican Tom DeLay to step down as House Majority Leader calling his actions on Medicare “inappropriate” and “unacceptable”

Filing a lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton for alleged fraudulent accounting practices.

JW also sued to get the Pentagon to release the video of the plane hitting the building on 9/11, and released FBI documents related to the “expeditious departure” of Saudi nationals, including members of the bin Laden family, from the United States following the 9/11 attacks. According to one of the documents, dated September 21, 2001, Osama bin Laden himself may have chartered one of the Saudi flights.

Of course, most on the Left have never heard of those JW efforts. To them, JW will always be the evil bunch who went after Bill Clinton.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:11 PM

DOJ documents made public by FOI requests aren’t credible if the request comes from a conservative group? Wouldn’t that concept also impeach any authentic trial documents presented by opposing sides?

a capella on September 24, 2010 at 2:20 PM

a capella

Crr has an agenda and will not let credible evidence get in the way.

CWforFreedom on September 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

WaPo, Huffington, Kos, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, NYT, TIME, USWeak, Wikipedia, Media Matters and many more, are all liberal, yet you have no problem referencing them to prove your point.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Huffpo, Media Matters and Kos are liberal. The rest aren’t.

Too funny. But sad at the same time. You really need to spend some time at Newwsbusters, which unlike Media Matters doesn’t need a regular page for “corrections”.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Crr has an agenda and will not let credible evidence get in the way.

CWforFreedom on September 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Crr6 is probably on the Obama payroll.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Huffpo, Media Matters and Kos are liberal. The rest aren’t.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

OK, if crr6 can’t recognize the blatant propaganda and bias from the other media outlets then attempts at any valid discussions seem fruitless.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Too funny. But sad at the same time. You really need to spend some time at Newwsbusters, which unlike Media Matters doesn’t need a regular page for “corrections”.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 2:23 PM

OMG I don’t spend time at any of those that I mentioned. I do visit NB several times a week. lol

I may not respond as quickly as crr6 dictates. Geeze, are all liberals little dictator wannabes? LOL Anyway, I work too, so I can’t always research and respond as quickly as ordered. Gotta make the money so I can help support the lifestyle to which crr6 has become accustomed to.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

This should not surprise anyone. We have a black President who was and is a follower of Pastor Wright and we have a black Attorney General in command of the Dept. of Justice. Both are racists. The New Black Panther Party and ACORN and the Union thugs are to Obama what the Brown Shirts and SS were to the German leader in the thirties and forties. Would image the outcry if a white Attorney General ordered the people under his command not to prosecute crimes of white people against black people. Gee, does it also surprise anyone that the media has remained silent on this issue.

flintstone on September 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

OK, if crr6 can’t recognize the blatant propaganda and bias from the other media outlets then attempts at any valid discussions seem fruitless.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Couldn’t agree more. This is the last time I engage with it. Obviously, facts mean nothing to it anyway.

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Del @ 2:13, thanks!

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 2:30 PM

And right on cue, it drops a few turds, declares victory, and runs for the hills.

Here’s a hint: “Look! Over there! A three-headed monkey!” is NOT an argument. It’s a pathetic attempt at distraction.

crr6 did not, you will notice, attempt to address the issue of the content of Coates’ testimony or the charges against the DOJ AT ALL. When people insisted that the issue be addressed, it’s time to petulantly run away.

A spoiled 7-year-old brat would be embarrassed at that level of behavior. But it’s pretty much par for the course, isn’t it?

Merovign on September 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Come this November 2, Michelle Antoinette will no longer be proud of America, but she will still be very proud of Grand Wizard Eric Holder’s DOJ.

Luka on September 24, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Amen, Darwin

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Merovign on September 24, 2010 at 2:31 PM

That exact pattern is repeated all over the internet. It’s not an accident.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Please not that I’m not talking *to* the troll, just *about* it.

It’s not like it will consider any evidence you present to satisfy its demands anyway, it never has, and it can’t, because its sense of self-worth would come crashing down around its ears.

Merovign on September 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Crr6 is probably on the Obama payroll.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 2:25 PM

That would make him/her a whore. I believe (s)he’s a slut who gives it away for free.

Extrafishy on September 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM

That exact pattern is repeated all over the internet. It’s not an accident.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

That exact pattern has been repeated since, I’m fairly confident, before crr6 was born. It probably took a 1-credit “internet activism” course to learn the behavior.

Merovign on September 24, 2010 at 2:35 PM

OK, if crr6 can’t recognize the blatant propaganda and bias from the other media outlets then attempts at any valid discussions seem fruitless.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Especially when she denies the Leftist bias at MSNBC, CNN and the NY Times. They all have Token Conservatives, but don’t even pretend to be balanced.

And last time I checked, C-BS had tried to throw a Presidential election to the Democrats in 2004.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 2:39 PM

That would make him/her a whore. I believe (s)he’s a slut who gives it away for free.

Extrafishy on September 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM

There were some stories soon after Obama took office about bloggers on either the administration’s payroll or Holder’s payroll, perhaps both. Their job was nothing more than astroturfing, which happens to be Axelrod’s speciality. If what was reported was accurate, I believe it was a criminal enterprise. crr6 fits the profile.

flyfisher on September 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

OK, if crr6 can’t recognize the blatant propaganda and bias from the other media outlets then attempts at any valid discussions seem fruitless.

darwin on September 24, 2010 at 2:28 PM

This is what happens when you feed a troll.

duffyanneal on September 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Special report will be all over this for sure….the rest of the evening news stations *crickets chirping*

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Civil Rights Complaints in US District Court 1990-2006, at DOJ. Page 3, Table 1 is of interest for Federal subject matter jurisdiction. Do remember that DoJ is responsible to defend other government agencies during such matters. The Clinton era record keeping was spotty, but that is due to the haphazard record keeping which, for the FBI alone, had tried to get a unified IT architecture in place twice during the 1990′s and failed both times. Thus much of that record is on paper, not digital format. In having to get a major IT project going in DoD, I got to hear some of that first hand from workers at the FBI and DoJ and it was a mess.

Always fun to browse around statistics sites at government agencies… you never know what you will find at them.

ajacksonian on September 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I think this was obvious after the Black Panther case, which was so blatant.

It was truly a shameful moment for the DOJ.

AnninCA on September 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I thought Coates testified honestly. And his perspective wasn’t so partisan that it lacked credibility.

Nobody expects the DOJ to prosecute every case that is filed. We are all more realistic than that.

But there were some very blatant situations that are obviously being ignored. Galling.

AnninCA on September 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I wonder if that DNC puppet Colbert was sent to the hill as a media distraction.

How much coverage will Colbert get vs. this serious case?

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Christopher Coates was a staff attorney for many years for the Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union; he received the Thurgood Marshall Decade Award in 1991 from the Georgia NAACP.

J_Crater on September 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM

What can be done about this? Is loretta king instructing someone not to ask a question a crime or violation of some sort?
Hopefully something can be done right away and not just when the repubs take back congress.

kangjie on September 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Anyway, we’re now at the part of the thread where you guys stop addressing me directly because you’ve run out of arguments, so i guess it’s time for me to go. As always, it’s been fun.

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Hmmmm. Really?

crr6 on September 24, 2010 at X:XX PM:

I think you can call it a day here, cape.

Then why are you here? YOU are dismissed!

Still waiting, monkey.

That’s rich.

hillbillyjim on September 24, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Each day, as I peruse the American Media, I fully expect to see elephants and big cats appear in street shots.

America is becoming more like Africa every day.

OldEnglish on September 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Unless everyone has the right to vote and that right is protected, then it is not a right but a privilege granted by whoever is in power. The left mouths that it is a right but in fact treat it as a privilege which some do not deserve.

KW64 on September 24, 2010 at 4:22 PM

From the Moonie Washington Times:

Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli, the No. 3 official in the Obama Justice Department, was consulted and ultimately approved a decision in May to reverse course and drop a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party of intimidating voters in Philadelphia during November’s election, according to interviews.

(snip)

The delay was ordered by then-acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King after she discussed with Mr. Perrelli concerns about the case during one of their regular review meetings, according to the interviews.

Ms. King, a career senior executive service official, had been named by President Obama in January to temporarily fill the vacant political position of assistant attorney general for civil rights while a permanent choice could be made.

She and other career supervisors ultimately recommended dropping the case against two of the men and the party and seeking a restraining order against the one man who wielded a nightstick at the Philadelphia polling place. Mr. Perrelli approved that plan, officials said.

(snip)

http://www.whorunsgov.com/Profiles/Thomas_J._Perrelli

Perrelli has known Obama since their days at Harvard Law School, and he served directly under Obama as managing editor of the Harvard Law Review when Obama was president. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Perrelli was one of Obama’s biggest fundraisers, bundling more than $500,000.

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

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