Politico reports, but expect silence from the MSM…
A Justice Department prosecutor, defying his superiors by testifying at a U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearing Friday into the department’s handling of a voter-intimidation case against a fringe African American militant group, blasted “senior political appointees” at Justice for “gutting” the case.
In his opening testimony, prosecutor Christopher Coates also suggested he was working against a dominant Justice Department culture which discouraged enforcement of civil rights laws in a “race-neutral” way that would protect whites as well as blacks.
He said the division had been pressured by civil rights groups not to bring cases against white defendants. “Many of these groups act… as special interest lobbies for racial and ethnic minorities and demand not equal treatment but enforcement of the Voting Rights Act only for racial and language minorities,” Coates said.
“He appears here at great personal risk to himself. I’d like to than Mr. Coates for his courage in appearing today,” Commission Chairman Gerald Reynolds said.
Coates said his view that some in the Civil Rights Division were hostile to enforcing voting rights laws against minorities was reinforced by his experience pursuing a Mississippi case filed in 2005.
“Opposition within the voting section was widespread to taking actions under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of white voters in Noxubee County, Mississippi,” he said. “A Voting Section career attorney informed me that he was opposed to bringing voting rights cases against African American defendants…until we reached the day when the socio-economic status of blacks in Mississippi was the same as the socio-economic status of whites living there.”
Coates said a senior Civil Rights Division official also ordered him to stop asking job Justice Department job candidates if they would be willing to work on cases against minorities who violated equal-protection laws as well as cases filed against whites.
Here are his opening remarks.
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