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DOJ attorney to testify in Civil Rights Commission's investigation of Black Panthers voter intimidation case

Even though the Department of Justice ordered Christopher Coates to ignore the US Commission on Civil Rights' subpoena, Coates has contacted the commission and asked to offer testimony on the Black Panthers voter intimidation case:

In a dramatic development that could shake the political leadership of the Justice Department, career lawyer Christopher Coates has sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights offering to testify Friday on matters related to the controversial New Black Panthers voter-intimidation case.

Ten months ago, Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commission's ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coates's testimony.

The Civil Rights Commission has sought to obtain Coates' testimony on Justice's dismissal of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case in Philadelphia. In a recent request to Justice, the Commission agreed to limit initial questioning of Coates to accusations made by former career lawyer J. Christian Adams about statements and other actions by Julie Fernandes, an Obama administration political appointee, if DOJ produced Coates.

The DOJ refused.

Pajamas Media has Coates' letter to the US Commission on Civil Rights offering his testimony. Since he is violating the DOJ's order not to testify, I will be looking to see what Holder does in response.


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Comments (12)

This is a MASSIVE story...b... (Below threshold)

This is a MASSIVE story...but the media will do all they can to ignore it.

Spread the word, force the media to cover this. Holder, at least, should wind up under the bus for this.

The thlot plickens.... (Below threshold)

The thlot plickens.

You can run but you cant hi... (Below threshold)

You can run but you cant hide Holder you slime dog.

The dismissal of this case ... (Below threshold)

The dismissal of this case by the Obama justice department has been as blatant as it is shameful. If it wasn't for such favorable treatment by most of the media, who conveniently don't cover any stories that are unflattering to the administration, there is no way they would have refused to prosecute a case such as this.

It's going to be very interesting to see what, if anything, results from the Coate's testimony.

Holder refuses to investiga... (Below threshold)

Holder refuses to investigate on the grounds he may incriminate himself.

"Holder"... has a good pris... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

"Holder"... has a good prison-nickname sound to it.

Watch your six, Coates, and Godspeed.

Be interesting to hear what... (Below threshold)

Be interesting to hear what he has to say.

What did the Attorney Gener... (Below threshold)

What did the Attorney General know, and when did he know it?

What did the president know, and when did he know it?


I really believed that this... (Below threshold)

I really believed that this whole sorry mess would not be able to move forward until there was a new administration. Bravo for these brave, brave prosecutors and especially Christopher Coates, who are exposing themselves to the wrath of this powerful but childish administration.

This from the Attorney Gene... (Below threshold)

This from the Attorney General that called us a nation of cowards on race. What the hell does he expect with a DOJ like this? Can he possibly survive this?

great tips... (Below threshold)

great tips

Civil rights for me, but no... (Below threshold)

Civil rights for me, but not for thee.






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