Two former U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have corroborated key elements of the explosive allegations by a third former attorney that the Voting Section of the DOJ's Civil Rights Division is refusing to enforce the law against black defendants.
On July 6, former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission that the Voting Section is dominated by a "culture of hostility" toward bringing cases against blacks and other minorities who violate voting rights laws.
One of Adams' DOJ colleagues, former Voting Section trial attorney Hans A. von Spakovsky, told WND he saw Adams was being attacked in the media for lack of corroboration. He said he knew Adams was telling the truth, so he decided on his own to step forward.
In an affidavit dated yesterday, von Spakovsky stated, "I can confirm from my own experience as a career lawyer that there was a dominant attitude within the Division and the Voting Section of hostility towards the race-neutral enforcement of voting rights law."
Von Spakowsky also asked another old colleague, former DOJ Special Counsel for Voting Matters Karl S. Bowers Jr., to go on the record. Bowers is now in private practice in South Carolina.
In his own affidavit, Bowers stated: "In my experience, there was a pervasive culture in the Civil Rights Division and within the Voting Section of apathy and in some cases outright hostility, towards race-neutral enforcement of voting rights laws among large segments of career attorneys."
In his affidavit, von Spakovsky, now a Senior Legal Fellow in the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., backed up Adams' testimony that Voting Section staff lawyers were harassed by their colleagues for working on a case brought against a black activist.
According to von Spakovsky, former Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates was harassed "over his work on the Brown case because they did not believe that the Justice Department should file any lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act against black defendants, no matter how egregious their violations of the law."
Von Spakovsky also confirmed Adams' allegations that the DOJ has brought "hundreds" of cases against white defendants but only two cases against black defendants. He agreed with Adams that DOJ's dismissal of most charges in one of the cases after the Obama administration took over in 2009, the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, was "unprecedented."
When they were ordered to stop prosecution, Adams and the team of DOJ lawyers had already won the case by default because the New Black Panthers declined to defend themselves in court. At that point in the proceedings, the DOJ team was simply waiting for the judge to assign penalties against the New Black Panthers.
Adams claimed that the decision to drop the case was made by Obama political appointees. Dropping a case that was already won was "unprecedented," he said.
Adams alleged that many DOJ employees, both career civil servants and political appointees, have told him that the DOJ "doesn't have the resources" to enforce the voting-rights laws in a "race-neutral" manner by bringing cases against members of minority groups who violate the law. Others have refused to work on either of the two cases against black perpetrators, saying, "I didn’t join the voting-rights division to sue black people."
Adams said one DOJ staffer told his former superior, Christopher Coates, then the chief of the DOJ's Voting Section, "Can you believe we’re being sent down to Mississippi to defend white people?" He reported another staffer told Coates, "the Brown case has gotten us into so much trouble with civil-rights groups."
Two more previous DOJ attorneys have come forward to submit affidavits to corroborate Adams' testimony of the DOJ's non-race-neutral prosecutorial policies.
...the DOJ "doesn't have the resources" to enforce the voting-rights laws in a "race-neutral" manner by bringing cases against members of minority groups who violate the law
One might ask, are there that many?