Obama Justice Department Sanctioned; There Is Something Very Wrong about the Division on Civil Rights
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
There needs to be a housecleaning at the very troubled Justice Department, and the top echelons of the Civil Rights Division is the right place to start. Its division chief - a presidential appointee - and its highly politicized senior career employees promote liberal ideology more than they enforce the law.
The latest imbroglio concerns two of the division's top career lawyers, the ones whom the Obama team chose to run the division until controversial nominees Thomas Perrelli and Thomas Perez could be confirmed. The two officials, Loretta King and Steven H. Rosenbaum, were heavily involved (along with Mr. Perrelli) in dropping an already-won voter-intimidation case against several members of the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, and both were responsible for other, questionable race-based decisions. On Dec. 30, a federal district court in Kansas sanctioned them for misconduct.
The misconduct involved a failure to be fully responsive to earlier court filings. Significantly, the judge - himself a liberal who formerly served as counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union - held the Justice Department attorneys personally and solely responsible for paying the monetary sanctions.
As the Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky pointed out in December, this is at least the second such sanction earned by Ms. King. In a 1994 case in Georgia, he wrote, The American taxpayer was forced to pay $587,000 in attorneys' fees and costs that were awarded to the defendants to compensate them for an unwarranted lawsuit, one in which King and the other Justice Department lawyers 'commanded' the state of Georgia, as the Supreme Court noted, to engage in 'presumptively unconstitutional race-based districting. …