Black Panther Voter Intimidation and the Justice Department

Posted: 16th December 2009 by Scott @ The Right of a Nation in General Politics


Here’s another situation which is of great importance to our country and the ideals of liberty, freedom, etc. that it is based on, and yet has not seen a whole lot of national media attention.

It all goes back to Election Day 2008 in Philadelphia where a few members of the Black Panther Party were caught on video brandishing weapons and intimidating would-be voters in front of a polling place.  What could be more of an obvious threat to the freedom to elect our leaders, you ask?   What could be more obviously illegal?

Well, the Justice Department originally felt the same way, and during the final few days of the Bush Administration these men (Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson) were all charged with violating the Voter Rights Act.   In April of this year, the Obama Administration “won” the case, but then moved to dismiss the charges in May.

So why did this happen?  It appears that something fishy is going on.

In May of this year, a spokesperson for the Justice Department told FOX News that

“The Justice Department was successful in obtaining an injunction that prohibits the defendant who brandished a weapon outside a Philadelphia polling place from doing so again. Claims were dismissed against the other defendants based on a careful assessment of the facts and the law. The department is committed to the vigorous prosecution of those who intimidate, threaten or coerce anyone exercising his or her sacred right to vote.”

This is possibly one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.  I wonder if he is still allowed to threaten voters?  Maybe next time they will tell him not to do that anymore also.

Now, according to The Washington Times, a battle between the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Justice Department is intensifying.  Apparently Congress has been asking for cooperation from the Justice Department, asking these questions:

  • Why did they drop the case if they had already won it?
  • Who at the Justice Department and/or the White House was involved in the decision?

All of which were responded to with either by false information or no response at all, so the commission issued subpoenas to the J.D., which they ignored saying that they had no power to do so.

But yesterday the commission has decided to go balls-to-the-wall on this issue (thankfully) and sent a letter documenting their power to do so, and also noted that the J.D. cooperated with a subpoena from the commission in 2004, so they should have no problem doing so now.

I will quote from the Washington Times to show the rest of the accusations/requests from the commission:

The discovery request, meanwhile, is 26 pages long, with 49 interrogatories and 51 separate document demands. Among its key nuggets: The commission challenges the department to justify, at great length, any claim of legal privilege against disclosures; it hints that it suspects White House involvement in the decision; it asks for documentation that might show Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s involvement; it confidently asserts that the second-ranking member of the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, took part in the decision; it challenges the department’s tacit contention that the New Black Panthers (one of whom carried a nightstick) were merely exercising First Amendment speech rights; and its subtext suggests that the commission suspects all sorts of other shenanigans. (Mr. Ogden suddenly announced on Dec. 3 that he would soon leave his position)

This is great news.  It is obvious to anyone who is not blinded by their love of all things Obama that something deeply wrong and very radical is going on here.  Hopefully this battle getting heated up here will somehow gain momentum and force the national media to mention it in greater capacity.


  1. [...] A little while back I re-visited the issue of members of the Black Panther party intimidating and threatening voters at a polling place in Philadelphia in 2008. You can see that here:  The Right of a Nation – post 12/16/2009 [...]

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