Compendium: Black Panther Voter Intimidation

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A civil complaint against members of New Black Panther Party accused of intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 was dismissed by the Justice Department in a cloud of controversy. Career Justice lawyers were prepared to file sanctions against the men and the court had already entered a default judgement against them.  However, the lawyers were overruled by superiors and the case was dropped for two of the three men.  The third was penalized with an order to not display a “weapon within 100 feet of any open polling location on any election day in the city of Philadelphia” until Nov. 15, 2012.  The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has subpoenaed the Justice department demanding records showing how the case was handled.

The initial incident was partially caught on video with a camera phone. 

Washington Times Editorials

A Black Panther sings – Dec. 11

“The last thing Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. needed was for the party’s national chieftain to resurface in Mr. Holder’s defense, but that’s exactly what Malik Zulu Shabazz, the party chairman, did on Dec. 4. It says a lot about the Obama Justice Department that it is being promoted by a Black Panther.”

Justice thwarts Black Panther subpoenas – Dec. 6

Subpoenaed Black Panthers – Nov. 4

Black Panther case expands – Aug. 11

Return of the Black Panther – July 7

Protecting Black Panthers – May 29


The Washington Times – Dec. 9
Justice Dept. subpoenaed in New Black Panthers case

“The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, frustrated by the Justice Department’s failure to explain the dismissal of charges against New Black Panther Party members who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place during last year’s elections, has subpoenaed the department demanding records showing how the case was handled.”

Associated Press – Dec. 4
New Black Panther leader defends attorney general

The Washington Times – Dec. 3
Lawmakers hit silence on Panther complaint

The Washington Times – Nov. 20
Nixing of Panthers complaint starts probe

The Washington Times – Nov. 16
Black Panthers denounce ‘new’ Panthers

The Washington Times –Sept. 30
Holder asked to quicken probe of Black Panther case

The Washington Times – Sept. 9
EXCLUSIVE: Inquiry opened into New Black Panther case

The Washington Times – Aug. 8
‘Non-responsive’ Justice Dept. pressed again on Panthers case

The Washington Times – Aug. 4
Panel blasts Panther case dismissal

The Washington Times – July 31
Lawmakers seek refiling in Panther case

The Washington Times – May 29
EXCLUSIVE: Career lawyers overruled on voting case – Nov. 7 2008
The New Black Panther Party is changing its story about an Election Day incident, saying two of its members where at a polling station to protect citizens from white supremacists.


Contentions – Dec. 8
USCCR’s letter to the DoJ and analysis

Wizbang – Dec. 8
The Coward at the Justice Department

America’s Right – Dec. 8
Black Panther coverup exploding

American Thinker – Dec. 8
Is the DoJ imploding?

“I believe that normally, government agency subpoena enforcement is handled by the Department of Justice. Who will be selected to enforce these subpoenas against the Department itself?”

The American Spectator – Dec. 7
New Black Panther Case Grows

“Republican House members are now doing a good job at raising a ruckus, but the grass roots need to do more, and the establishment media needs to be shamed into payng attention.” – Dec. 4
Wolf: Dept. hiding truth in dropped prosecution

Say Anything – Nov. 16
Original Black Panthers To “New Black Panthers” - You’re Not Us, So Shut Up

“The original Black Panthers have had enough of these pretenders as well. They’ve released a statement saying that the new group has stolen their party’s name ‘for their own miguided purposes.’”

Patterico’s Pontifications – Nov. 10
The Attorney General, ACORN, and the New Black Panthers

Count Us Out – Oct. 21
Black Panther Case Headed for Public Hearings?

The Foundry – Sept. 14
Investigating the Black Panther Case

Riehl World View – Sept. 10
Black Panthers: Obama Pre-Inauguration Deal?

“Bush’s DOJ filed charges against the Phila Black Panthers on Jan 7. If there wasn’t a Civil Rights violation committed by the Philadelphia chapter of the New Black Panther Party, then why was the organization immediately suspended by the national.”

Tremoglie’s Tea Time – Sept. 1
Calls Dismissal of New Black Panther Case “Corrosive to Rule of Law”

Obama Fail Blog – Aug. 20
Eric Holder Drops Voter Fraud Case Against Black Panthers

The Corner – Aug. 11
U.S. Commission letter to Eric Holder and DoJ

Michelle Malkin – Aug. 2
Accused Black Panther’s house has “no whites allowed” sign.

Mcnorman’s Weblog – July 31
New Black Panther Intimidator MySpace Page

Michelle Malkin – July 30
Who let the New Black Panther Party thugs off?

Water Cooler – July 30
Disturbing content on New Black Panther’s MySpace page

Democracy in America – June 3
Who’s afraid of the big Black Panthers?

Pronk Palisades – Nov. 5 2008
The New Black Panther Party–Obama’s American Gestapo?
Several video updates and information regarding the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Gateway Pundit – Nov. 4 2008
Black Panthers Intimidate Voters With Nightsticks at Polls (Video)

Michelle Malkin – Nov. 4 2008
Black Panther intimidation at the polls?

“NBPP: ‘We will be at the polls in the cities and counties in many states to ensure that the enemy does not sabotage the black vote, which was won through the blood of the martyrs of our people.’”

Background on the Black Panther case:

Justice Department Seeks Injunction Against New Black Panther Party

Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez Formally Installed to Head Civil Rights Division

DOJ Enforcement of Voting Rights

Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility

Justice Department Civil Rights Division

Wikipedia: Voter Intimidation

Project Vote: Voter Intimidation

New Black Panther Party homepage

Wikipedia: The Black Panther Party


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