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First things . . . Richard Falknor on 01 Jul 2010 08:05 pm

A Frightening Mindset Behind the Black Panther Dismissal

Warned senator Jeff Sessions October 6, 2009 on the Senate floor (S10131) during the confirmation debate for (Marylander and sometime Casa de Maryland president) Thomas Perez as assistant attorney general for civil rights:But I have to say, I think it is important that we have honesty in voting, I think it is important that we have a legal system that works with regard to immigration, and at this point I am not convinced Mr. Perez has demonstrated he has the will to do those things, and that is what troubles me about the nomination.”

Last Friday a former U.S. Justice Department voting-rights attorney, J. Christian Adams, writing about the notorious Black Panther case in Philadelphia, declared in a Washington Times opinion piece – –

“The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney.”

Adams added – –

“The assistant attorney general for civil rights, Tom Perez, has testified repeatedly that the ‘facts and law’ did not support this case. That claim is false. If the actions in Philadelphia do not constitute voter intimidation, it is hard to imagine what would, short of an actual outbreak of violence at the polls. Let’s all hope this administration has not invited that outcome through the corrupt dismissal.”

Mr. Perez’s name comes up again in Adams’ lamentable tale – –

 Mr. Perez also inaccurately testified to the House Judiciary Committee that federal ‘Rule 11’ required the dismissal of the lawsuit. Lawyers know that Rule 11 is an ethical obligation to bring only meritorious claims, and such a charge by Mr. Perez effectively challenges the ethics and professionalism of the five attorneys who commenced the case. Yet the attorneys who brought the case were voting rights experts and would never pursue a frivolous matter. Their experience in election law far surpassed the experience of the officials who ordered the dismissal.

Don’t Miss Listening to the Adams PJM Video

Click here for Christian Adams on PJTV.

Adams elaborates in an essential longer piece “PJM Exclusive: Unequal Law Enforcement Reigns at Obama’s DOJ ” – –

“This aggressive one-way approach toward the civil rights laws is central to understanding why the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party was dismissed by the Obama Justice Department. To some, the civil rights laws are not meant to protect all Americans, they are meant to protect certain Americans. Naturally the universal protections that apply to all Americans in the 14th and 15th Amendments are no barrier to one-way enforcement when you control the mechanics of the federal bureaucracy. After all,few will ever know about the civil rights cases this administration refuses to bring. A perk of being in charge is deciding what is the best use of government resources, and what is the best exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

Americans have the right to know, however, whether or not this administration harbors hostility towards a race-neutral enforcement of the civil rights laws. The firsthand experience of many within the Justice Department leaves no doubt about this insidious attitude.

Some activists may claim this is much ado about nothing. This view is shortsighted: it is hard to imagine what would erode support for the civil rights laws more than the idea that many of us aren’t protected.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Last Monday Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky said Adams

“confirms the absolute worst you can imagine about how politics shamelessly drives the law-enforcement agenda in this administration.” 

Faithful readers will recall former Federal Elections Commissioner von Spakovsky’s insights in our March 9, 2010  The ‘Politicized’ Justice Department Civil Rights Division. One can review brief biographies of the entire cabal of attorneys (including that of Mr. Perez, former Montgomery County Councilman, former president of Casa de Maryland, and former staffer to the late Ted Kennedy) who can affect our voting and other rights here.

Does Being a Maryland Establishment Republican
Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?

Whether individually responsible or not, many national Republican politicians are quick to point out how the GOP lost its way during the years after the Gingrich Revolution of 1994 and how these politicians are striving to get the Party back to basic conservative principles.  We don’t hear much of this in Maryland – – at least from the Ehrlich Team.

But what was a shocker was seeing that last year House of Delegates Republican Leader
Anthony O’Donnell and former state GOP chairman John Kane endorsed Thomas Perez for a sensitive Department of Justice leadership position. 

Readers can see Maryland House of Delegates Republican Leader Anthony O’Donnell’s letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee entered into the Congressional Record (S10124) during the Perez confirmation debate on October 6, 2009:

“THE MARYLAND HOUSE OF DELEGATES, Annapolis, MD, April 23, 2009.
Hon. PATRICK LEAHY, U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC. DEAR CHAIRMAN LEAHY: As Minority Leader of the Maryland House of Delegates, I am pleased to support the nomination of Thomas Perez for the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.”

Readers may wish to review the entire text of former Maryland GOP chairman John M. Kane’s message to the Senate Judiciary Committee leadership of April 17, 2009 which began:

“Please accept this letter as my endorsement of Mr. Thomas E. Perez as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.”

We probably should not be surprised because Michael Steele endorsed Eric Holder’s nomination to be attorney general right out of the gate. Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy commented on Mr. Steele’s moves at the time here and here.

But read the O’Donnell and Kane letters endorsing Mr. Perez in the context of J. Christian Adams’ recent revelations – – and weep for the judgment of the Maryland GOP Establishment.

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