I’ve written many posts on these pages about Asst. Attorney General for Civil Rights and former CASA de Maryland honcho, Thomas Perez-—this is our archive on Perez, and if you have time to read only one post, read this one.
Lately, Perez has been busy stopping several states from implementing their new voter ID laws because they supposedly discriminate again people of color. But, seems he had his hand in helping cover for Attorney General Holder when he dismissed the infamous “New Black Panthers case,” a voter intimidation case from Philadelphia, in 2008.
A federal court in Washington, DC, held last week that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.
The ruling came as part of a motion by the conservative legal watch dog group Judicial Watch, who had sued the DOJ in federal court to enforce a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to the the New Black Panthers case. Judicial Watch had secured many previously unavailable documents through their suit against DOJ and were now suing for attorneys’ fees.
Obama’s DOJ had claimed Judicial Watch was not entitled to attorney’s fees since “none of the records produced in this litigation evidenced any political interference whatsoever in” how the DOJ handled the New Black Panther Party case. But United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton disagreed. Citing a “series of emails” between Obama political appointees and career Justice lawyers, Walton writes:
The documents reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case, which would appear to contradict Assistant Attorney General Perez’s testimony that political leadership was not involved in that decision. Surely the public has an interest in documents that cast doubt on the accuracy of government officials’ representations regarding the possible politicization of agency decision-making.
Read it all, and remember that Perez is the guy tasked with protecting your right to vote (but I guess that all depends on what color you are! Or, on whose political side you are on!).
Marylanders, remember all this because you can be sure that when Obama is no longer in office, Perez will be back in Maryland looking for a political perch for himself.
Endnote: For a full background on the New Black Panther Case please read J. Christian Adam’s book, “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department.” I’ve read the book.