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Hans A. von Spakovsky

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September 27, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Sources inside the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department tell me that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, the controversial career lawyer who ordered the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, has announced that she is resigning. King is infamous within the Division for her opposition to race-neutral enforcement of discrimination laws. She made it very clear to her subordinates that she did not want any lawsuits filed against minority defendants no matter what violations of federal voting rights laws they committed. This was the lawyer chosen by President Obama to be the acting head of the Civil Rights Division when he took office.

As the highest ranking career lawyer in the Division, King once hauled former Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates into her office and angrily ordered him to stop asking job applicants whether they would enforce the Voting Rights Act against all violators regardless of their race. She is the official who rejected a change from partisan to nonpartisan elections in Kinston, N.C., that had been approved by black voters because she did not believe they would know which candidates to vote for without a party label. She cost the American taxpayer almost $600,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs after she lost a frivolous redistricting case filed against the state of Georgia in which the court said it was “disturbed” by the “considerable influence of ACLU advocacy” on the decisions made by the DOJ lawyers. King was promptly promoted after that decision. There will be considerably more revelations about her dubious and questionable behavior as a government lawyer in Christian Adams’s upcoming book, “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department” when it is released on October 4.

It is hard to imagine that King’s resignation after all of these years at the Justice Department is not related to the exposure of her misdeeds and unprofessionalism in PJ Media and other conservative news sites. For all those who believe in the fundamental American constitutional principle of equal treatment under the law, the Justice Department’s loss is America’s gain.

Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Justice Department. He is the coauthor of the book “Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”.
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