New Black Panther Case Takes Bipartisan Twist; Democrat Asks Holder to Review

blackpanthersEditor’s Note – You may remember Rep. Sherman, he was the  Congressman who claimed that he did not know of the Black Panther voter intimidation case.

Before you get your hopes up from the above headline, whereas, Sherman does ask Eric Holder to reopen the case – apparently Sherman has now heard of it – he also includes six lessor cases from the Bush administration. 

Looks like he’s trying to kill two birds with one stone here.  Considering the reaction by his constituency when he claimed to know nothing of the case, it’s clear this move is an attempt at damage control, however, to ensure that he placates the radical left that now control the Democrat Party, he throws in the outdated cases that occurred during Bush’s term.


New Black Panther Case Takes Bipartisan Twist; Democrat Asks Holder to Review

By Tina Korbe
The Heritage Foundation

U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman last week became the first Democrat to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to reopen the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, according to the Washington Times. Sherman wrote a letter to Holder to request that he re-file “criminal” charges against the New Black Panthers involved in the case.

Sherman’s July 19 letter to the Department of Justice stated:

It appears that a decision was made in May 2009 to not use the full force of the law with regard to those members of the New Black Panther party who engaged in racist and wrongful behavior at a Philadelphia polling place. It is my understanding that certain civil charges have been downgraded for the main perpetrator and dropped for the other individuals involved. I urge you to review the matter and pursue the criminal case that your department did not originally pursue.

Two weeks ago, the California congressman had not even heard of the original lawsuit.

“As to the Black Panther Party, I’m simply not aware of that case,” Sherman said to constituents at a July 11 Town Hall meeting in California

Sherman’s constituents were outraged at his statement — and Fox News later claimed Sherman was negligent to not know about the incident of voter intimidation or the troubling potential policy of the Justice Department that led to the dismissal of the case. Sherman responded in a press release: Less than one page in 50,000 from the “sources of information which I rely upon most,” he said, dealt with the issue.

With the letter to Holder, Sherman also accuses the Bush administration of “flagrantly ignor[ing] its constitutional responsibilities in white washing [sic] cases involving voter intimidation” and demands that the Department of Justice reinvestigate six Bush-era voting cases.

The Washington Times says there’s an important distinction, however:

If these six cases cited by Rep. Sherman were not even serious enough to pass preliminary review by line attorneys, they hardly rise to the level of the Black Panther case, which already was effectively WON by DoJ before the Obama appointees stepped in at the last minute and pulled the plug on the case. Forget apples and oranges; the Panther case is the size of a pumpkin whereas the other cases were sickly plants that bore no fruit at all.

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