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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Eric Holder's Justice Department is creating some problems for itself and the Obama administration by extension. Trial attorney J. Christian Adams has resigned from the Voting Rights section of the DOJ over the handling of the Black Panthers case on election day, 2008 in which two Panthers stood outside a Philadelphia polling station - one brandishing a billy club - with the intent of intimidating voters. A federal lawsuit was filed and the plaintiffs won a default judgment only to have Eric Holder's DOJ drop the charges.

Adams' resignation letter indicated that the United States Commission on Civil Rights has been demanding answers from his team about why the DOJ dropped the case; the persistence has apparently been taking a toll.

Here is an excerpt from the letter via the Washington Examiner:
...the events surrounding the dismissal of United States v. New Black Panther Party, et al., after the trial team sought and obtained an entry of default, has subjected me, Mr. Christopher Coates, and potentially at some point, all members of the team, to a subpoena from the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The subpoena is based on an explicit federal statute and seeks answers about why the case was dismissed.

I have incurred significant personal expense in retaining a number of separate attorneys and firms regarding this subpoena in order to protect my interests and advise me about my personal legal obligation to comply with the subpoena. Over the last few months, one of my attorneys has had multiple communications with Federal Programs regarding the subpoena. My attorney suggested to them that the Department should file a motion in district court to quash the subpoena and thereby resolve conclusively any question about my obligation to comply.
It will be very interesting to see if Adams is the first of many, several, or just a few to step down over this injustice, which continues to percolate just under the surface, never really going away. It's not likely to go away either because the dropping of this case is so inexplicable and overtly egregious, someone is going to have to answer for it at some point.

In addition, Adams' letter indicates that the DOJ is not allowing their attorneys to testify in front of the Civil Rights Commission. In another example of how this administration likes to have things both ways, the attorney who wrote this letter explains that he would feel much more comfortable avoiding the Civil Rights Commission if Executive Privilege were declared. It hasn't been and it has left these attorneys on the hook for something they were ultimately not responsible for.

Click HERE to read the entire letter.

Here's the video that started it all....

h/t to National Review

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