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posted at 3:35 pm on August 29, 2009 by Howard Portnoy
The same Justice Department that has launched an investigation into the interrogation methods of the CIA dropped an investigation last month into charges of voter intimidation by two members of the New Black Panthers outside a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day. One of the two men, Samir Shabazz, was said to have been brandishing a “police-style baton weapon,” according to complaint filed in the United States District Court in Philadelphia. It has since been revealed that the other man present, Jerry Jackson, was a member of the Democratic Committee in the 14th Ward.
What makes the story newsworthy is the curious way in which the Justice Department handled the case. After the defendants failed to respond to the lawsuit, the DOJ filed for an extension, rather than a default judgment, which would have been standard procedure. The case was delayed until May 15.
Then on May 15, the DOJ again behaved strangely, filing a notice of voluntary dismissal of the lawsuit against Jackson. A default judgment was sought for Shabazz, but with none of the usual conditions Justice would demand, such as keeping Shabazz away from any polling locations for a set number of years into the future. Hans von Spakovsky, former Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, said that DOJ’s actions were unprecedented.
What could have been Justice’s motivation for taking the course of action it did? Could it be that the defendants were upstanding, peaceful citizens merely assisting with the flow of traffic in and out of the polling place last November?
You can judge for yourself after taking a look at screen grabs from the MySpace page of Jerry Jackson, the defendant against whom all charges were dropped. NOTE: Since these images were first posted, the MySpace account has been deleted.
Remember, the person who posted these images is an elected Democrat Party official in Philadelphia. If that is not bad enough, consider this: He has been appointed again to be a poll watcher for the upcoming Democratic Primary in Philadelphia’s municipal election!
Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions