Is the DOJ hiding something by not prosecuting Black Panther case? 

Over at Commentary, Jennifer Rubin has a very thorough update on the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case that the Justice Department refused to prosecute. Given the clear video evidence involved, it's been thoroughly baffling why people standing at polling place with weapons would not be prosecuted.

Rubin reports that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is pushing ahead on its investigation of the dismissal by the Obama Justice Department:

On January 15, the commission will meet and is expected to vote to schedule a February hearing in which it can begin to gather evidence and attempt to unearth what occurred behind the shuttered doors of the Obama Justice Department. At a hearing, one can expect witness testimony about the underlying incident, which took place on Election Day 2008 in Philadelphia; there will also be evidence presented concerning the intervention of Obama political appointees — at least to the extent that the Obama DOJ has complied with the written discovery requests.

Justice Department officials may eventually be deposed. I am at a total loss for why this case has been handled the way it has by the Justice Department. I'd think prosecuting it is not only the right thing to do, but that it may help the White House politically. The stonewalling here is incredible. It looks like either the Justice Department is incredibly obtuse or they're hiding something much more damaging.

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