Federal court finds Justice Department appointees interfered in New Black Panther Party prosecution

Despite DoJ claims to the contrary, a federal judge has found that political appointees at Justice interfered in the prosecution of New Black Panther Party members who intimidated and prevented voters from voting in Philadelphia during the 2008 election. Washington Examiner: 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"...(Read Full Post)