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Foxes & henhouse: DOJ to probe New Black Panther Party case

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 10, 2009 07:26 AM


Attorney General Eric Holder, Team Obama’s Dirty Dozen (get your trading cards here)

Thanks to Doug Powers for guest-blogging last night while I was in Washington, D.C. My publisher, Regnery, threw a lovely book party at Morton’s Steakhouse. Culture of Corruption is #1 on the New York Times best-seller list for the 6th week in a row.

One of the corrupt-i-est members of Team Obama, of course, is Attorney General Eric Holder. The Washington Times reports today that the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility is probing the shenanigans in Holder’s department that led to the unprecedented dismissal of default judgments against the New Black Panther Party thugs who wielded a night stick and intimidated voters and poll workers on Election Day in Philadelphia.

But given how recent probes into the corrupt activities of Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, and Charlie Rangel have turned out, take the news with a massive grain on salt:

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has begun an official inquiry into the dismissal in May of a civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party and two of its members who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during the November general elections.

The inquiry is disclosed in an Aug. 28 letter to Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee who first raised questions about the dismissal in May and asked unsuccessfully that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. make available the head of the department’s Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division for a closed-door briefing on the decision.

In the letter, Mary Patrice Brown, acting OPR counsel, told the veteran congressman from Texas that the office had “initiated an inquiry into the matter” and that it would “contact you with the results of our inquiry once it is completed.” A copy of the letter was obtained by The Washington Times.

“I am pleased that someone at the Justice Department is finally taking the dismissal of the New Black Panther Party case seriously,” Mr. Smith said Wednesday. “The Justice Department’s decision to drop a case against political allies who allegedly intimidated voters on Election Day 2008 reeks of political interference.”

“Reeks of political interference.” A perfect description of Eric Holder’s career.

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Background reading:

*Zeroing in on DOJ #3 Thomas Perrelli.

*Rep. Frank Wolf’s unanswered questions.

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