Theodore's World: Federal Court Finds Obama Appointees Interfered With New Black Panther Prosecution

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July 31, 2012

Federal Court Finds Obama Appointees Interfered With New Black Panther Prosecution

Federal Court Finds Obama Appointees Interfered With New Black Panther Prosecution

A federal court in Washington, DC, held today that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.

The ruling came as part of a motion by the conservative legal watch dog group Judicial Watch, who had sued the DOJ in federal court to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the the New Black Panthers case. Judicial Watch had secured many previously unavailable documents through their suit against DOJ and were now suing for attorneys’ fees.

Obama’s DOJ had claimed Judicial Watch was not entitled to attorney’s fees since “none of the records produced in this litigation evidenced any political interference whatsoever in” how the DOJ handled the New Black Panther Party case. But United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton disagreed. Citing a “series of emails” between Obama political appointees and career Justice lawyers, Walton writes:

The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision. Surely the public has an interest in documents that cast doubt on the accuracy of government officials’ representations regarding the possible politicization of agency decision-making.

In sum, the Court concludes that three of the four fee entitlement factors weigh in favor of awarding fees to Judicial Watch. Therefore, Judicial Watch is both eligible and entitled to fees and costs, and the Court must now consider the reasonableness of Judicial Watch’s requested award.


Wild Thing's comment............

Right form Obama and Holder they both protected these creeps, the Black Panthers. Disgusting!!!!!

Posted by Wild Thing at July 31, 2012 02:50 AM


Let's hope the courts continue to pursue this case. Perhaps, just maybe, this case and Fast and Furious will ultimately get Holder in prison and ruin obama's status in the history books.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at July 31, 2012 02:03 PM

Tom, I would love for that to happen so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 1, 2012 02:33 AM