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Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Criminal Section

All ten new hires to the Justice Department's Criminal Section have far-left resumes -- which were only released following a PJMedia lawsuit. (This is the tenth of a series of articles about the Justice Department's hiring practices since President Obama took office. Read parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, and nine.)

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J. Christian Adams

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September 14, 2011 - 12:00 am
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Today marks the latest installment of PJMedia’s multi-part series investigating the politicized hiring practices of the Civil Rights Division at the Obama Justice Department. The series has revealed a liberal litmus test for landing a job in the Civil Rights Division. It took a protracted lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to extract the resumes of the Division’s newly hired attorneys, and it is not difficult to understand why the Most Transparent Administration in History fought so hard. Naturally, the resumes reveal an undeniable campaign to populate every corner of the Division with left-wing ideologues. Meanwhile, attorneys who don’t demonstrate this ideological zeal aren’t hired.

We turn today to the Criminal Section. This Section is primarily responsible for prosecuting individuals who violate the constitutional rights of individual citizens, hate crimes, and human trafficking offenses. The Section’s prosecutorial reach also extends, however, to criminal violations of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act as well as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Like many other parts of the Civil Rights Division during Eric Holder’s reign, the Criminal Section engages in ideologically and racially selective enforcement of the law. For example, although it proudly touts its prosecution of abortion protesters under the FACE Act — it has gone so far as to completely remove any reference to the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act from its website.

While DOJ is suing 79-year-old Dick Retta for “intimidating” people outside an abortion clinic through prayer and pleas to reconsider abortion, the Criminal Section did nothing when Retta was pepper sprayed by an abortion advocate for exercising his First Amendment rights. The Criminal Section could have brought a case against the attacker under 18 U.S.C. § 245, but of course didn’t, because this administration doesn’t care for Mr. Retta’s goals.

While this double standard may outrage many citizens, it comes as little surprise to insiders, who recall that one of the Section’s former deputy chiefs (Cathy Mahoney) only recently left to become legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Today she serves as the general counsel of the National Abortion Federation.

There is racially centric enforcement of hate crimes. When traditional minorities are the victims of hate crimes, the Section — appropriately — responds with gusto. But when the victims of racial violence are white, nothing happens.

When a mob of blacks savagely attacked random whites at the Wisconsin State Fair earlier this summer, the Section did nothing. When a similar riot occurred at the Iowa State Fair in August 2010 — where bands of black teens organized a “beat whitey night” — the Section once again did nothing. Last month, still another flash mob of blacks beating whites took place in Philadelphia, yet the Section did nothing. The same is true near Pittsburgh and in Ohio.

Just like the outrageous dismissal of the New Black Panther Party case, there is a pervasive hostility in this administration to bringing cases on behalf of white victims. Let’s hope the Section reverses course and investigates these attacks, because its apathy, so far, is wrong and immoral.

These examples are only the tip of the iceberg, and I discuss more outrages in my forthcoming book Injustice.

Ten new career attorneys have been hired into the Criminal Section during the Obama presidency. Just as is the case with each of the other eight sections that have been highlighted so far in this PJMedia series — the Voting Section, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, the Special Litigation Section, the Education Section, the Employment Litigation Section, the Coordination and Compliance and Section, the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, and the Disability Rights Section — every single one of these lawyers obviously has little difficulty passing the Division’s liberal litmus test. Here’s the proof:

Chiraag Bains: Mr. Bains joined the Section as part of Attorney General Holder’s Honors Program following clerkships with two of the most liberal jurists in the entire federal judiciary (Karen Nelson Moore of the Sixth Circuit and Nancy Gertner of the District of Massachusetts). During law school, he worked for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) on the Senate Judiciary Committee. There he pushed the politically motivated investigation into the dismissal of various appointed U.S. attorneys who served at the pleasure of the president. He also worked for the left-wing Vera Institute of Justice, where he wrote a report criticizing the conditions of confinement at supermax prisons for the most dangerous criminals.

One law school summer, he helped organize what was billed as the “Inequality Summer Institute.” The event’s publication summarized his cliché-filled background as follows:

In New Haven, he works with People Against Injustice, a group fighting for fair bail in the city’s courts, and the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, which aims to educate high school students about their rights in interactions with police. He has also just finished his tenure as Editor of the Yale Journal of Human Rights and Type Magazine, Yale’s publication on race and class. Chiraag has worked for the Department of Justice on racial conflict mediation and has helped create a worker-run factory in India to reduce child labor in the brass industry. This summer, he will work on housing issues in Bridgeport, Connecticut. A 2002 Truman Scholar, he plans to become a civil rights lawyer and fight discrimination in law enforcement.

Meanwhile, as an undergraduate, he interned at the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he co-wrote a guide to assist convicted felons in gaining the right to vote. He also worked with the SEIU local chapter, and was an active member of Amnesty International. Little wonder that he won a Soros Fellowship for New Americans, upon which he described his dream of pursuing a career in “human rights and distributive justice.”

A perfect fit for the Civil Rights Division under Eric Holder.

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