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July 18, 2013

Holder's Perverse Idea of Justice

Listening to our Attorney General speak, one often wonders if he pays attention to anything outside of his bizarre crusade to frighten "help" blacks by focusing on statistically remote dangers while rendering them defenseless against extremely common ones:

Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed yesterday that federal prosecutors were investigating whether George Zimmerman acted out of racial hostility when he killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012. It seems worth a try, although the Justice Department will get attacked for even looking into it.

Calling the shooting “tragic and unnecessary,” Mr. Holder said in a speech to the N.A.A.C.P. in Florida that it is time for “our nation to speak honestly — honestly — and openly about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised.”

Those issues, he said, include laws like the one in Florida that “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.”

Mr. Holder said that Stand Your Ground laws try to fix something that was never broken. He said: “There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the ‘if’ is important — if no safe retreat is available,” in confrontations outside a person’s home. Removing that requirement undermines public safety “by allowing and perhaps encouraging violent situations to escalate in public.

As we outlined the other day, interracial violent crime is actually quite rare. There's really no serious dispute about this: whites are more likely to be preyed upon by other whites and blacks are more likely to be preyed upon by their fellow blacks. Given this reality, ginning up unfounded fears of something that almost never happens (hordes of "White" vigilantes profiling young Black men) seems willfully perverse.

Yet time after time, the press and this administration would rather fan the flames of racial suspicion and resentment than do something about the real problems facing young black men:

...there were 7,000 murders last year of black people, almost all of which were committed by blacks. Elder also said there have been 480 blacks killed in Chicago alone and 75 percent of the cases have gone unsolved.

“Where are the cameras, where are the shows?” Elder asked Morgan. “It’s outrageous to act as if black America should fear some non-black guy stalking some black kid at night. The likelihood of a black person being killed by a non-black person is extremely remote, which is why this became a big national issue in the first place.”

...“Half of the murders in this country are committed by black people, even though black people are 12 percent of the population,” Elder countered. “This is why commonsensical people profile.”

Morgan asked his guest to “calm down,” but Elder just kept on tearing away at Morgan’s argument.

“I’m just bothered by how you are handling all this,” he said. “You think you are doing something for black people but you’re not. You’re making black people feel as if they are under siege and it’s not true, it’s an outrage!”

One wonders if Holder is aware that black defendants in Florida have used the SYG defense more successfully than whites?

The best known African American associated with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is Marissa Alexander, who was prevented from invoking the law after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive ex-husband. Alexander, who had no prior criminal record, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and her case has become an important cause for supporters of the law. Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey, the same state attorney who lost the Zimmerman case.

Ms. Corey, a kindred spirit to Holder, pops up in the most interesting places, doesn't she? Her latest magical trick is misusing taxpayer dollars to launch a ludicrous "investigation" to protect the public from attorney Alan Dershowitz. His crime? Criticizing her:

Shortly after Dershowitz’s criticisms, Harvard Law School’s dean’s office received a phone call. When the dean refused to pick up, Angela Corey spent a half hour demanding of an office-of-communications employee that Dershowitz be fired. According to Dershowitz, Corey threatened to sue Harvard, to try to get him disbarred, and also to sue him for slander and libel. Corey also told the communications employee that she had assigned a state investigator — an employee of the State of Florida, that is — to investigate Dershowitz.

Someone needs to tell these folks to do their jobs. It's telling when senior public officials choose to waste public resources on self serving crusades against people who pose zero danger to the public rather than investigating very real problems occurring right under their own noses.

Holder and Corey should ask the public to help them correct the problems in their own offices. Give us an email address for IRS abuse tips! While we're at it, let's ask the public to help the White House figure out what happened at Benghazi!

We suspect plenty of Americans would be more than happy to step up to the plate.

Posted by Cassandra at July 18, 2013 08:15 AM

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It doesn't really change the general thrust, but the pull quote from the Daily caller is not a particularly good example. And The DC should not better.

"Stand Your Ground" is not relevant to the Alexander case. She did retreat from a non-lethal force assault/battery. Retreived a gun and then came back. Even if lethal force were justified (it wasn't) SYG does require you to stay where you are.

It's "Stand Your Ground", not "Be Back Soon".

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at July 18, 2013 02:01 PM

And in any case, "Warning shots" are considered proof that lethal force wasn't needed.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at July 18, 2013 02:03 PM

Good point :)

Posted by: Cass at July 18, 2013 02:11 PM

Holder is a disgraced AG; he's more political than RFK and more (politically) corrupt than John Mitchell.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at July 18, 2013 10:27 PM