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September 14, 2010

Et tu, Casper?

in_lieu_of_flower_obit.jpgYou know the Dems have problems when they can't even rely on their most loyal demographic to show up at the polls this November:

The dead voters may be forced back into their graves. The biggest scandal emerging from the infamous New Black Panther voter- intimidation case didn't even involve the Black Panthers. Instead, it came when whistleblowing attorney J. Christian Adams told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights that top Justice Department official Julie Fernandes had openly refused to enforce laws that require states to remove ineligible names - dead people, felons, people who have moved - from voter rolls.

"We have no interest in enforcing this provision of the law," Ms. Fernandes reportedly told a roomful of employees of the department's Voting Section in November. "It has nothing to do with increasing turnout, and we are just not going to do it."

Now comes Mr. Adams to show this wasn't idle talk. As early as today, 16 states will start receiving official "notice letters" from him warning of coming private-action lawsuits to compel them to enforce these particular provisions of the law. This appears to mean that the Justice Department is refusing to make states comply with federal voter-verification laws - which is why the task will fall to Mr. Adams, helping represent private citizens whose legal votes otherwise would be diluted in value by fraudulent votes.

Yesterday Michelle Malkin reported that the Inspector General's office will be investigating the Justice Department's handling of Voting Rights cases:

Just obtained this letter from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine to members of Congress informing them that he will open up a review of the Obama administration’s selective enforcement of civil rights laws by the Voting Section office of DOJ.

Fine is a veteran IG whose meticulous work I cited in-depth in Invasion. You know how the Obama bully boys have treated IGs. Prayers for Fine would be most appropriate.

If this TPM Muckraker post is any indication, the IG may want to begin their search at the top:

Before the new administration took office, the Obama-Biden transition team conducted its own overview of the Civil Rights Division, including the Voting Section. An excerpt from their report, obtained by TPM:

The politicization of legal analyses and case decisions at the expense of sound law enforcement was particularly egregious in the Voting Section, and the politicized personnel decisions described above had a particularly deleterious impact here. It is evident that the Section, at times at the behest of DOJ's highest ranking officials, prioritized a voter fraud prevention and prosecution agenda designed to suppress minority voter turnout; and decisions on some Section 5 submissions were crafted to serve partisan ends. Notably, the Section focused on the HAVA provisions that allow for purging voter rolls, rather than the provisions that promote voter registration. Although the Section did bring a significant number of language assistance cases, it largely abandoned voting rights cases on behalf of African Americans until very recently. In addition to remedying these enforcement gaps, as explained below, the Section must hire and train attorneys and analysts now to prepare for the avalanche of Section 5 redistricting submissions that will follow the 2010 census.

Let me see if I have this straight: there is no such thing as voter fraud, but prosecuting voter fraud "is designed to suppress minority voter turnout"? Riiiiiiight....

CWCID for the graphic: Jonah Goldberg

Posted by Cassandra at September 14, 2010 08:40 AM

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The IG will investigate the DOJ because of republican pressure to do so.

What does this prove, exactly?

Posted by: Craig at September 14, 2010 10:34 AM

The IG will investigate the DOJ because of republican pressure to do so.

No, the IG will investigate because there has been an allegation of wrongdoing and the government doesn't just get to ignore things like that.

You may think the DOJ should be able to ignore subpoenas and stonewall allegations of wrongdoing but I don't think that's a rule you'd like to see applied when the other party is in power.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 14, 2010 10:51 AM

The first line of the TPM article you cited:

"Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine says he will examine the Civil Rights Division's enforcement of voting rights laws after being pressured by GOP House members to examine DOJ's handling of a case against members of the New Black Panther Party."

Posted by: Craig at September 14, 2010 10:53 AM

Cass, you ignorant slut!
You just refuse to get it, don't you? Selective law enforcement is the new mandate! (See illegal immigration, Arizona) Let's just hope that the next time the troll needs to call 911 he doesn't get someone who has *selective* hearing.

Posted by: DL Sly at September 14, 2010 10:58 AM

The first line of the TPM article you cited:
"Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine says he will examine the Civil Rights Division's enforcement of voting rights laws after being pressured by GOP House members to examine DOJ's handling of a case against members of the New Black Panther Party."

And we all know that the opinions of TPM bloggers are to be treated as established facts.

Politicians "pressure" each other all the time. Government agencies don't generally act, though, unless at least some plausible grounds exist for looking into the matter. In this case, it's pretty clear those grounds exist, though I understand that you naturally wish the DOJ could go on ignoring subpoenas and the like ;p

Posted by: Cassandra at September 14, 2010 11:07 AM

You cited the article.

The letter Fine wrote says it is in response to the letters he received from Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Frank Wolf.

Posted by: Craig at September 14, 2010 11:12 AM

The letter Fine wrote says it is in response to the letters he received from Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Frank Wolf.

The letter was in response to a query about a *specific* investigation -- Mr. Fine replied:

"While our review will include such cases as the New Black Panther Party case and others, our review will be focused more broadly on the overall enforcement of civil rights laws by the Voting Section than on a single case."

In other words, the investigation will focus on the broader issues, but will also take individual cases into account as examples.

Posted by: BillT at September 14, 2010 12:26 PM

The fix is in.

One man, one vote, one time.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 14, 2010 12:33 PM

there is no such thing as voter fraud

Correction: there is no such thing as Democrat voter fraud.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 14, 2010 12:34 PM

I has to ax the question here:
Bush supporters were accused of committing voter fraud. But the Dems, who refuse to purge to rolls, are not committing voter fraud because, well, even though the law says we have to purge the rolls, we aren't going to.

Why?

Posted by: Cricket at September 15, 2010 01:12 PM

Better money that way.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 15, 2010 02:59 PM

But the Dems, who refuse to purge to rolls, are not committing voter fraud...

It's only voter fraud when *Republicans* do it -- when Dems do it, it's promoting outreach and enabling continued participation in the Democratic Process to those previously-registered Democrats who have been otherwise unfairly disenfranchised by becoming victimized by deceasehood.

Posted by: BillT at September 16, 2010 06:28 AM

One man per 10 dead men, one woman per 15dead women, one vote per, one time per deceasehood.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 16, 2010 09:22 AM

I remember back on the B5 forums in 2008 that Gryph, activist for gay rights and anti-breeder organizations, said something to the effect that Democrats would be better in power because Democrats are too incompetent at corruption to hide it. That's why you see more corrupt Democrats, even though Republicans are corrupt too but there is a lack of evidence for their corruption.

The lack of evidence, de facto, proves that Republicans are better at corruption. Thus vote Democrat in 2008! Bansai!!

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 16, 2010 09:24 AM

Hide corruption? They forgive it.

Posted by: Cricket at September 16, 2010 11:13 AM

Well, there is also the idea that if the Dems purge the rolls, no one would vote for them.

Posted by: Cricket at September 16, 2010 02:41 PM

There was this woman, Ozzie, that likes to style herself an independence, fence sitting "pox on both their houses", kind of voter.

She kept to that story when talking about voting fraud. She would go on and on about Bush stealing the election 00 and 04, then defend ACORN.

Yeah, that's right. That's the world where cult members inhabit. Unfortunately, some of that world touches ours. And more these days than not.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at September 16, 2010 04:13 PM

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