The Washington Times

Black Panther case: witness cites Obama team’s ‘hostility’ to the law
The Washington Times

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez has an obligation to clean house at the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. That’s clear after explosive new whistle-blower testimony under oath Friday in the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case.

Friday’s testimony to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights came from much-decorated Justice Department veteran Christopher Coates, a hero of the civil rights legal community when he was a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union. « The election of President Obama, » he said, « brought to positions of influence and power with the Civil Rights Division many of the very people who had demonstrated hostility to the concept of equal enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. »

Mr. Coates named names and gave numerous examples of how the division and its political supervisors refuse to enforce civil rights laws to protect white victims against black perpetrators. He said his supervisor, Loretta King, then serving in a political position as acting assistant attorney general, specifically forbade him from asking prospective employees if they would be willing to enforce civil rights laws in a race-neutral manner. Additionally, he testified that the department under Mr. Perez has refused to enforce federal law that requires states to remove ineligible voters – including dead people and incarcerated felons – from their voting rolls. Mr. Coates officially recommended a full year ago that the department enforce the law against at least eight states that were flagrantly noncompliant, but Mr. Perez and the Obama team ignored the issue.