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DoJ is out of control: New Black Panther case

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Posted on January 14 2010 10:28 am
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.
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Clarice Feldman

We have covered the Department’s inexplicable refusal to continue to the punishment phase of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther party in Philadelphia; conduct condemned by the US Civil Rights Commission which is investigating the case and which has subpoenaed records from the Department which it has refused to provide without court order.

Today the Washington Times reports that the Departmet is asserting preposterous and unjustifiable claims of privilege to avoid responding to those subpoenas:

The Washington Times asked Michael Carvin, deputy assistant attorney general for both the Civil Rights Division and the Office of Legal Counsel under President Reagan, to review the Department of Justice’s privilege assertions. His response was scathing.

“They are relying on privileges that the Office of Legal Counsel says do not exist,” Mr. Carvin asserted. “There is no privilege, for instance, saying that the Justice Department will not identify personnel working on the case. … Generally, a number of these privileges [are ones] I’ve literally never heard of.”

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