The Justice Department Fix Is In
The long-awaited internal report on the New Black Panther voter intimidation dismissal is done, and sensible Americans aren’t going to be happy.
March 16, 2011 - 12:00 am
I have been silent until now about the OPR investigation because I assumed the people conducting the investigation were not as corrupt as the people responsible for ordering the case to be dismissed.
But the OPR investigation had many shortcomings. For starters, don’t expect the over 120 pages of analysis and discussion provided by the four trial team lawyers to be part of any leaked report by DOJ. Congress should seek and obtain those documents prepared by the four trial team attorneys, along with the hundreds of pages of exhibits they provided. They should be sized up against any work product produced by supporters of the dismissal, if such work even exists. Other shortcomings in the investigation are obvious and scrutiny from Congress and the public should follow, or else the report cannot be taken seriously.
Technically, reports produced by OPR are never released to the public. If the report is leaked, it will be a sure sign the fix is in. Here’s another test, if the report is leaked: Note how closely it echoes the spin and articles from some of the biggest defenders of the New Black Panther dismissal. Either OPR was taking cues from the left-wing blogosphere, or the left-wing blogosphere was getting inside information on the fix. There are only two options.
If indeed the report is leaked, it may eventually prove to be a good thing. For starters, America will at last have that conversation about race the attorney general has been pining for. After watching the outlandish behavior of his Justice Department (led by Loretta King no less) requiring Dayton, Ohio, to hire black police officers who fail exams, I suspect it is going to be a debate he will lose. This is a nation that treasures fair play.
If the report is leaked, I expect we’ll learn a whole lot more about the New Black Panther Party. Nearly all Americans are rightfully repulsed by the hateful and murderous rhetoric of the group.
If a leaked report ultimately concludes it was perfectly fine to let the New Black Panthers free, and scorches people, the worst fears about this Justice Department will prove true. Add another chapter to the building chronicle of administration lawlessness that already includes ignoring the Freedom of Information Act, annihilating Chrysler securities, and conniving to sustain an unconstitutional health care policy. Americans believe in the rule of law.
Americans are good and decent people who don’t expect armed thugs at the polls when they go to vote. We do expect our government to do something about it after thugs appear. When Americans conclude their government has sided with thugs, and against the people who tried to stop them, there will be a steep price to pay.