The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ interim report on the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case is now available on the commission’s website. Good summaries are provided by the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin and former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams. (And, of course, by yours truly at the Heritage Foundation website). There is also a Washington Times editorial today about DOJ’s blocking the investigation.
The bottom line? The evidence shows that a racial double standard prevails in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. It dismissed the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party because of hostility to the idea of enforcing the Voting Rights Act against black defendants. Moreover, the Justice Department broke the law by stonewalling the Civil Rights Commission’s investigation, defying lawfully issued subpoenas and a federal statute outlining its obligation to cooperate with Commission investigations, as well as claiming non-existent privileges to justify its refusal to release relevant (and probably embarrassing) documents and communications. As Commissioner and Corner contributor Peter Kirsanow stated in the report, the Justice Department engaged “in a degree of stonewalling and obstruction inexplicable for an agency professing clean hands.”