Federal Court Finds Obama Appointees Interfered with New Black Panther Prosecution

Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner, July 30, 2012


The ruling came as part of a motion by the conservative legal watch dog group Judicial Watch, who had sued the DOJ in federal court to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the New Black Panthers case. Judicial Watch had secured many previously unavailable documents through their suit against DOJ and were now suing for attorneys’ fees.

Obama’s DOJ had claimed Judicial Watch was not entitled to attorney’s fees since “none of the records produced in this litigation evidenced any political interference whatsoever in” how the DOJ handled the New Black Panther Party case. But United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton disagreed. Citing a “series of emails” between Obama political appointees and career Justice lawyers, Walton writes:

The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision. Surely the public has an interest in documents that cast doubt on the accuracy of government officials’ representations regarding the possible politicization of agency decision-making.

In sum, the Court concludes that three of the four fee entitlement factors weigh in favor of awarding fees to Judicial Watch. Therefore, Judicial Watch is both eligible and entitled to fees and costs, and the Court must now consider the reasonableness of Judicial Watch’s requested award.

The New Black Panthers case stems from a Election Day 2008 incident where two members of the New Black Panther Party were filmed outside a polling place intimidating voters and poll watchers by brandishing a billy club. Justice Department lawyers investigated the case, filed charges, and when the Panthers failed to respond, a federal court in Philadelphia entered a “default” against all the Panthers defendants. But after Obama was sworn in, the Justice Department reversed course, dismissed charges against three of the defendants, and let the fourth off with a narrowly tailored restraining order.



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  • This sounds like a cover-up.  Are the Obama people trying to hide substantial links between themselves and the NBPP?  

    • Oil Can Harry

      Obama marched alongside NBPP head honcho Malik Shabazz in ’07. A “Malik Shabazz” was listed in the White House guest registry in ’09.

  • JustaWhiteMom

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  • Biff_Maliboo

    Well, knock me over with a birth certificate.

    • Rocky Bass,

       A forged one at that.

  • Church_of_Jed

    This story is a racist construct, and you are obligated to ignore it in the name of Embracing Diversity and Inclusive Tolerance.   To do otherwise is a hate crime.

  • Rocky Bass,

    Obongo would be so much better a King, of perhaps, his OWN country.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Yep exactly! He could hire only Blacks to run it and he could have his entire country (it will be called ‘Zimbongo’) on some sort of government assistance. Whites would not be allowed to have any part in it (except for donations to assist in their many ‘poverty programs’) . . . . Very soon, though, it would turn into another Haiti. It’s what Blacks do best!

  • Judical Watch is an excellent website to find out what kind of stunts the government is pulling. I urge everyone to check it out.

  • ncpride

    Off topic, but if you value free speech and being able to publicly express an OPINION without threats and intimidation, swing by the nearest Chick-fil- A and pick up a sandwich for lunch.

    • Miiclow

      Just finished my Chick-Fil-A sandwich.  The place was packed!!  Good for them.

    • My current job is near a mall with a Chick-Fil-A.  I volunteered to go there to get lunch for myself and a lot of people, who also wanted to get Chick-Fil-A today.  I left the office a little after 11 AM, got to the mall in about five minutes.  Between waiting a long time for a parking spot to open up, a long time to wait in line, and a long time to get the food, it’s now 1:05 PM and I still haven’t gotten my order.  I have my headphone radio, and Rush said that a relative of his is in this very same CFA in the same mall.

      • ncpride

        Good for you and your co-workers! The kids and I went for lunch and found ourselves in the same situation. The place was absolutely packed, and we waited nearly an hour and a half for our order. It was well worth the wait, and not a single person in line seemed to mind waiting, and there was plenty of pleasant conversation between customers. I know of several families who are planning on dinner at Chick-fil-A tonight.

    • whiteuncleruckus

      this is off topic too. a few weeks ago a saw a biracial couple (white girl, black guy) eating at a resturant (not chic fil-a). no big deal i see it all the time. but then i saw the girls father paying for his daughter to eat with this wild animal. i didnt know whether to cry, puke, or both.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    These guys, future architects, astronauts and leaders of industry.

    The gold boots are a nice touch, you gottzta have bling!

  • Texan1st

    Will Romney use this information during the campaign or will he roll over as McCain had done?