And, Is the Justice Department completely out of control under Holder?
My suspicion was that the Post — for reasons unknown — wanted to get rid of him. Yet none of the possible reasons made a whole lot of sense, so I was inclined to think that someone had been jealous of him, and leaked his incriminating remarks in the hope of getting him canned.
But now, via Glenn Reynolds, I see that Dave Wiegel was apparently the only Post reporter to cover the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal:
This is a scandal that, thanks to Rubin, von Spakovsky, and Adams, is now hiding in plain sight. The basic facts of the case were captured in real time on video (above). Yet other than a few posts by Dave Weigel regarding the Civil Rights Commission’s hearings in the case on the Post site, I cannot find a trace of it in either the Washington Post or the New York Times. While justice has been politicized in a most disgusting manner in the Obama administration, the mainstream media have averted their eyes and moved on.
(Emphasis added.) The dismissal of the case is a major scandal. Not only does the story not go away, but it just keeps getting bigger. And more sinister in its implications for democracy:
…the dismissal [of the case by Eric Holder and company] is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases. Some of my co-workers argued that the law should not be used against black wrongdoers because of the long history of slavery and segregation. Less charitable individuals called it “payback time.” Incredibly, after the case was dismissed, instructions were given that no more cases against racial minorities like the Black Panther case would be brought by the Voting Section.
Refusing to enforce the law equally means some citizens are protected by the law while others are left to be victimized, depending on their race. Core American principles of equality before the law and freedom from racial discrimination are at risk. Hopefully, equal enforcement of the law is still a point of bipartisan, if not universal, agreement. However, after my experience with the New Black Panther dismissal and the attitudes held by officials in the Civil Rights Division, I am beginning to fear the era of agreement over these core American principles has passed.
How convenient, now that the only guy who covered it for the Post is out of the way!