Career lawyers overruled on voting case
Black Panthers had wielded weapons, blocked polls
OH those "Career Lawyers" in the US Justice Department. You remember them right?
Recall when Tom "The Hammer" Delay did his mid-decade redistricting in Texas? The Bush Administration overruled the "career lawyers" in the Justice Department and this was seen as a political manipulation of justice.
Add this story to my continuing chronicle of how a "public outrage" needs BACKING for the same activity to actually garner outrage. Of course incessant hyping on MSNBC, CNN, the NY Times and LA Times sure helps.
Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.
The incident - which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube - had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.
Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as "the most blatant form of voter intimidation" that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.