DOJ Black Panther Friend Slammed by Court as "Sloppy" and Oppressive
Steve Rosenbaum, the man who ordered the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers dismissed, has been dressed down by a federal judge for legal overreach in a Ypsilanti, Michigan housing discrimination case. Rosenbaum brought the case against a husband and wife who managed an apartment complex. Rosenbaum and his Deputy Tim Moran in the DOJ Civil Rights Division are the responsible DOJ attorneys. The Detroit News also covers the story. Judge Zatkoff’s opinion scalds Rosenbaum and Moran’s work as:
unnecessarily oppressive imposition of non-sensible regulations on the owners of a tiny apartment complex, owners who are accused of doing nothing more than being honest and forthright in their efforts to ensure the safety of children. Instead of encouraging such concern for the safety of others, however, the federal government has mounted an attack on those dwelling owners that is analogous to employing a nuclear weapon to eradicate a mosquito!
My book Injustice details example after example like this which media has never reported. Obama and Clinton DOJ lawyers were sanctioned millions of dollars by federal courts for overreach. The previously sanctioned lawyers described in my book Injustice include Panther dismisser Loretta King and also Steve Rosenbaum. It is time for Congress to look more closely at Rosenbaum’s competence.
King, on the other hand, announced her resignation from the Justice Department four days after Amazon starting shipping Injustice. Rosenbaum, unfortunately, is still receiving a government paycheck of approximately $190,000 a year plus generous benefits. Eric Holder is before the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly in an oversight hearing. Perhaps Senate Republicans can ask Holder about Judge Zatkoff’s opinion of Rosenbaum and Moran’s shoddy work:
A mere warning letter to the defendants would undoubtedly solve any issue the government has with the defendants' manner of leasing the property at issue, especially as these defendants are practically defenseless against the power and might of the Department of Justice.
Remember, Rosenbaum is the man who said the “facts and law” didn’t support going forward against the New Black Panthers. But a couple in Michigan renting an apartment? Full speed ahead. Some defendants are more important than others, and some get a pass in this DOJ.
The court also labels Rosenbaum and Moran’s work as sloppy nonsense:
In addition to the nonsense contained in the proposed Consent Order submitted by the Government to this federal court, the Court is dismayed by the sloppiness of numerous provisions in the document, including this provision regarding the civil penalty to be imposed on the Defendants. Is the civil penalty $15,000 or is it $3,000 - and how and why does the Government expect the Court to sign off on provision that: (1) clearly was drafted with little foresight or review, and (2) is blatantly and objectively open to criticism and challenge?
The Ypsilanti case is what truth-challenged Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez means when he says he “restoring and reinvigorating” the Civil Rights Division. It means doing things the law sometimes doesn’t allow. Simply, it is lawlessness. Let’s hope some Republican Senators show up to Holder’s oversight hearing and give him the oversight he deserves in November.
This is yet another example added to the pile of examples offered in Injustice where ideological decisions infest the radicalized Civil Rights Division at DOJ. It’s time for Steve Rosenbaum and Eric Holder to find employment in the private sector.