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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


Mexican president Felipe Calderon chided one of the United States - Arizona - while speaking at the White House. This is despicable on several levels. One is that the president of the United States didn't find it objectionable, regardless of whether he shares the position of Calderon, which he obviously does. The fact that a foreign leader would come here and criticize one of the 50 states should have sent that leader packing immediately.

Another aspect that makes these comments utterly disgraceful is the contrasting of the law in Arizona, which explicitly prohibits profiling, with the immigration law of the land in Calderon's Mexico; it is racist and inhuman by the standard being applied to Arizona.

I'm really wondering what it's going to take for Americans to wake up in greater numbers.

Via Breitbart

More at Jake Tapper's ABC blog.

h/t to Hot Air Pundit


Look no further for a perfect illustration of how the left is apparently incapable of thinking through the potential consequences of its actions. Last week, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaragosa announced that his city would be boycotting the state of Arizona over the recently passed immigration law after making some delusional comment about illegal aliens being responsible for his city's "economic might" - a city that is basically bankrupt.

In response to Villaragosa, a Board member of the Arizona Corporation Commission named Gary Pierce sent a letter offering to cut off 25% of Los Angeles' power, which comes from Arizona businesses.

Here is an excerpt of the letter Pierce sent to Villaragosa courtesy of Hot Air:
I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.

If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.
You can read the entire letter HERE.
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