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Archive for the ‘Justice Department’ Category

Feds Get a Black Eye in Arizona

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 29, 2010

The Obama Administration has been on a witch hunt against the state of Arizona since shortly after coming to power.  While most of the press has focused on the Administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s immigration reform, that has not been the only attack on this State by the Feds.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been at the receiving end of the Obama Administration’s ewer because of his department’s tough stance on criminals and illegal immigrants.  For 18-months the Justice Department has been looking into how the Sheriff treats inmates and whether he discriminates against Hispanics.

This week another department of the Unites State government released its report on Sheriff Arpaio’s jails.  This federal audit, which started in September 2009, gave a favorable grade for treatment of inmates and the facilities themselves with an in “compliant” grade, the highest mark possible.  The Marshall’s report specifically stated: “This deputy was impressed with the overall facility operation and cleanliness.

OK, so the U.S. Marshalls concluded that the good Sheriff and his department are in compliance.  That should be good enough for the Justice Department, right?  Wrong.  The Justice Department said that its investigation will continue and justifies this second test by stating that it “pertains to allegations of discrimination in jails and police practices that are not covered by the Marshals Service review.”  In addition, they said that the Marshals’ inspections are “check-box” reviews not intended for civil-rights investigations.  That excuse is nothing more than political doubletalk with the Obama Administration using the Department of Justice to further its political agenda.  Wow, these Progressives make Tricky Dick Nixon’s group look like amateurs!

The Obama Administration’s attack on the people of the State of Arizona is deplorable.  The problem is not Arizona, but the illegal traffic crossing our southern border.  The problem is the federal government not doing its job securing our borders.  The problem is the growing violence in Mexico that is seeping across the border and will only get worse.

Obama’s action against Arizona mimics that of his foreign policy where he attacks friends and cozies up to real enemies.


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The Politicized Justice Department

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 25, 2009

The Obama Administration is making the Bush Administration look like amateurs when it comes to politicizing the Justice Department.  Unfortunately, unlike in the Bush days, the press is unwilling to challenge the President.  The tale of two events helps narrate this sad story.

New Black Panther Party

During Election Day 2008, two members of the New Black Panthers in paramilitaryNBPgarb intimidated voters in a Philadelphia polling station.  One had a night stick and made racial threats at voters including: “You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker”.  These actions were not reported to the authorities by the “right-wing”, so often demonized by the White House, but by Bartle Bull, a formal civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice.  He called the actions “the most blatant form of voter intimidation I’ve ever seen”.

The Justice Department filed a civil suit against the Black Panthers in e 2009.  Since the defendants did not respond or appear in court, it was assumed that the Justice Department would prevail by default.  However, in May, the Department allowed to defendants to walk from the charges.

The US Commission on Civil Rights, Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Congressional Republicans were outraged.  In late July, six career lawyers at Justice recommended continuing pursuit of the case, but were overruled by Associate Attorney General Thomas Perelli; yes you guessed it, an Obama political appointee. Read the rest of this entry »

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