DOJ's IG dong a Programmatic Review of the Civil Rights Division
The Washington Time's Jerry Seper reports that the Department of Justice's highly regarded Inspector General Glenn A Fine, has found a work around the law''s limitation on his power to investigate DOJ wrongdoing, and is examining the Department's decision to drop the Black Panther voter intimidation case and the work of the Civil Rights Division:
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division - in the wake of the New Black Panther Party case - is being investigated by the department's office of inspector general to determine whether voting section employees have been harassed for participating in specific investigations or prosecutions.In an end run around policy barring IG investigations of Justice Department litigators, Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said his office will review what types of cases are being investigated, whether there have been changes in enforcement policies and procedures, and whether the civil rights laws are being enforced in a non-discriminatory manner.Christopher Coates, the veteran Justice Department voting section chief who recommended going forward on the civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party, was removed from his post and transferred to theU.S. attorney's office in South Carolina. New Black Panther Party members had disrupted a Philadelphia polling place in the November 2008 elections, one of whom intimidated would-be voters with a nightstick.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com