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The veteran Justice Department voting rights section chief who recommended going forward on a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party after they disrupted a Pennsylvania polling place in last year’s elections has been removed from his post and transferred to the US attorney’s office in South Carolina.

Justice Department officials confirmed Monday that Christopher Coates, who signed off on the complaint’s filing in federal court in Philadelphia in January accusing the party and three of its members of civil rights violations, would begin his new assignment next month.

The complaint, which accused party members of intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place while wearing black berets, black combat boots, black dress shirts and black jackets with military-style markings, and wielding a nightstick, was later dismissed by Obama administration political appointees at the Justice Department.

The incident gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube.

The dismissal resulted in outrage by some Republican members of Congress and in a formal investigation by the US Commission on Civil Rights, which subpoenaed Mr. Coates and J. Christian Adams, the lead attorney in the case, to testify on why the complaint was dismissed. The commission also is seeking documents to explain why the charges were dropped just as a federal judge was about to approve sanctions…

Justice Department insiders said Mr. Coates’ transfer was not unexpected, despite the fact that many within the department consider the veteran prosecutor as key to efforts by Justice to apply federal civil rights laws in a fair and neutral manner.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/09/records-ordered-to-explain-panthers-handling/

 

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, frustrated by the Justice Department’s failure to explain the dismissal of charges against New Black Panther Party members who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during last year’s elections, has subpoenaed the department demanding records showing how the case was handled.”

     If the thugs, who stood at the polling place in Pennsylvania on Election Day intimidating the senior citozens and other voters who came out to vote in one of the most important Presidential races in recent year, thought that there “problems” were behind them since Eric Holder opted not to pursue the case, tghye were mistaken. The U.S. Civil Rights Commission is now looking into the matter:

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission is not backing off its showdown with the Justice Department about mishandling the voter-intimidation case involving agents of the New Black Panther Party. Nor should it.

Yesterday, the commission sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. demanding that Justice “fully cooperate,” according to specific legal authority vested in the commission, with the commission’s inquiry about why Justice dropped the case after it had already been won. The commission wrote that Justice’s replies to earlier commission requests either are “overdue,” have been “largely non-responsive” or have provided “none of the documents we requested.”

     Quoting the Black Panthers: “You want freedom, you’re gonna have to kill some crackers. You’re gonna have to kill some of they [sic] babies.”

For full article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/01/panther-injustice-continues/