Justice Dept clears Justice Dept in NBPP case

posted at 8:48 am on March 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Department of Justice wants Americans to know that there was nothing strange or unusual about its office asking to dismiss a case of voter intimidation it had already won.  The DoJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility says there’s no reason at all to suspect that politics had anything to do with abandoning the default conviction against two defendants in a Philadelphia incident where New Black Panther Party activists were actually caught on video intimidating voters:

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has concluded an investigation finding that politics played no role in the handling of the New Black Panther Party case, which sparked a racially charged political fight.

After reviewing thousands of pages of internal e-mails and notes and conducting 44 interviews with department staff members, the OPR reported that “department attorneys did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment” and that the voter-intimidation case against the Panthers was dismissed on “a good faith assessment of the law” and “not influenced by the race of the defendants.”

The OPR’s findings were released in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) that was signed by department attorney Robin Ashton.

Whew!  I’m glad that the DoJ got to the bottom of the allegations against the DoJ.  This must be how transparency works, right?  After all, the “good-faith assessment of the law” must have been of such good faith that it overrode a judgment that had already been entered by the court against the defendants, who didn’t even bother to show up to argue their case in court. And a “good-faith assessment” of this video certainly doesn’t lead to the conclusion that a reasonable person would have concluded that someone wearing paramilitary gear and brandishing a nightstick while challenging people approaching a polling place was committing voter intimidation … right?

So let’s recap.  The DoJ had this video and several witnesses to testify to the actions of the two defendants in a case of voter intimidation.  The case was strong enough that the defendants didn’t bother to challenge it, and a judge entered a verdict of guilty.  Somehow, after the default judgment, the DoJ decided to ask for a dismissal despite the video and the testimony … and now says it’s all in a day’s work?

Er … riiiiiiiiight.

The US Civil Rights Commission came to a much different conclusion last year, and the DoJ’s Inspector General is still probing the case.  Perhaps Congress will want to take a closer look, too.

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NBPP. Please, please, oh, please show up at my polling place.

davidk on March 31, 2011 at 9:02 AM
Everytime I see that photo, I just want to pound the daylights out of those two bozo’s…

PatriotRider on March 31, 2011 at 11:52 AM

True dat….skinny little b!tches definitely need the clubs……be funny to watch ‘em try to walk after they’re shoved up their respective backsides.

Tim_CA on March 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

NBPP. Please, please, oh, please show up at my polling place.

davidk on March 31, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Ditto for me. I’ll get a baseball bat out of my car and give them a reason to go viral on YouTube. Arrogant little $#!ts.

manwithblackhat on March 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

NBPP. Please, please, oh, please show up at my polling place.

davidk on March 31, 2011 at 9:02 AM

They are welcome here too. They’d get to meet a mean old lady and her posse.

katy the mean old lady on March 31, 2011 at 12:18 PM

The idiot Eric Holder’s corruption on the New Black Panther case is not about the Panthers, it’s about 2012. It’s a loud message to all the greedy union thugs, ‘community organizers’, progs and islamists, -go ahead and interfere in the election because you have a pass from Justice.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

“I am not a crook.” Richard Nixon

“I didn’t inhale.” “I did not have sex with that woman.” William J. Clinton

“Loretta King is not a racist perjurer. Julie Fernandes is not a racist perjurer. Thomas Perez is not a racist perjurer. I am not a racist perjurer.” Eric Holder

novaculus on March 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Yes Alex – thanks.

I’ll take “Strategies for turning man’s last/greatest hope for liberty into a third world crap hole thereby allowing for the introduction of global governance” for fourteen trillion dollars.

“What is” ………

The idiot Eric Holder’s corruption on the New Black Panther case is not about the Panthers, it’s about 2012. It’s a loud message to all the greedy union thugs, ‘community organizers’, progs and islamists, -go ahead and interfere in the election because you have a pass from Justice.

slickwillie2001 on March 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM

oldfiveanddimer on March 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Complete lawlessness.

the_nile on March 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Oh… and that Department of Justice massacre at Waco didn’t happen either. It just looked that way on TV.

viking01 on March 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Eric Holder’s selective enforcement of the law…

… has just set “race relations” back forty years.

You just have to love the “Law of Unintended Consequences”!

Now where’s my baseball bat…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Dave Rywall on March 31, 2011

This is what happens when Canadians get drunk at family reunions.

CurtZHP on March 31, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I’d like to see people held accountable for intimidation regardless of what side they’re on.

How about you?

Dave Rywall on March 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Thanks for agreeing to the very thing that upset ‘Conservatives’-or according to you: wet their panties.
It’s nice to see an apology from you.

Badger40 on March 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Oh… and that Department of Justice massacre at Waco didn’t happen either. It just looked that way on TV.

viking01 on March 31, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I lived in TX at the time. Drove by Waco.
What a zoo.
It WAS a massacre.
And the govt got away with murder.

Badger40 on March 31, 2011 at 2:26 PM

You have guns.

Use them for defending your basic rights, or you’ll became like us in Europe (well… you already did). It’s that simple.

Your judges are just a bunch of little commie dictators bending the law to their pleasing.

My judges are a corrupt bunch hunting for the easy money. Welcome to the rest of the world…

Rookie on March 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

……firing Halprin because he was exposing one of Obama’s buddies in California…….

Baxter Green: Your posts are always excellent and well-substantiated, but I think that you mean Judge Walpin.

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

onlineanalyst on March 31, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Thanks for the upgrade.

Baxter Greene on March 31, 2011 at 4:18 PM

I wonder what the verdict would have been had they been wearing white pillowcase hats instead of radical black supremacist hats…

scotash on March 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM

So the criminals cleared themselves of criminality. Is there an ethical person alive who would vote for Obama. No. If they would. they are immoral.

proconstitution on March 31, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Demonstrably we are no longer a nation of laws. The only ‘justice’ we’ll get is that we wrest with our own hands.

rayra on March 31, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Haha

nothing less intimidating than mindless subhumans

if it were my polling place I would arrive with a can of wasp/hornet (better than mace and legal) killer with a thirty foot stream

I’m betting those fools would be flapping like fish out of water and

hopefully die

Sonosam on April 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

And O. J. didn’t kill his wife, right!

rjoco1 on April 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM

They had to be cleared Obama needs to fit them in new togs for the 2012 election. I heard the duo are going to be named: Voting Czars

jeannieology on April 1, 2011 at 5:05 PM

You people are so silly. They aren’t NBPP thugs, they’re just Community Organizers. Those weren’t weapons they were holding either, just big pens to sign up all the victims they could find, and milk somebody else with a racial lawsuit. They’re Community Organizers, just like Barry :)

adamsmith on April 3, 2011 at 1:22 PM

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