Shadow of the Panther, cont’d

At PJTV, Glenn Reynolds interviews J. Christian Adams about the New Black Panther Party case that Adams prosecuted and that the Obama Department of Justice dismissed after the defendants defaulted. The video has been posted in anticipation of Adams’s testimony before the Civil Rights Commission today. The treatment of this case by the Department of Justice has all the ingredients of a scandal that goes to the top of the department.
Since Adams resigned in protest over the department’s treatment of the case, the department has taken to trashing Adams as a disgruntled employee. In the video, Glenn Reynolds highlights exclusive documents answering whether J. Christian Adams was a disgruntled employee or an outstanding civil servant. Pajamas Media has made the documents available to download here as PDF files:

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* Click here for details of Adams’s cash performance award.
* Click here for Adams’s promotion.
* Click here for Adams’s DoJ review.

Pajamas Media also invites readers to check back later today on the PJM homepage for more from Adams following his testimony this morning to the Civil Rights Commissions regarding the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation dismissal.
AT NRO, Abigail Thernstrom — vice chair of the Civil Rights Commission — enters a dissent on criticism of the department’s treatment of the case. (Media Obama Matters takes a ride on Thernstrom’s critique.) Thernstrom does not mention the exile of Christopher Coates to South Carolina or the fact that the defendants in the NBPP case defaulted on the charges. She does raise questions to which Adams is in a good position to respond now that he has resigned from the department.
Thernstrom urges conservatives to focus on another voting rights issue that is rightly of concern to her. Thernstrom to the contrary notwithstanding, the NBPP case appears to provide a study in wrongdoing at the department that now includes the false derogation of one of the attorneys who helped expose it.
In a message this morning, Glenn provides three notes on the highlights of his interview with Adams:

1. Eric Holder was in the loop on the decision to drop the case. (5:05)
2. Loretta King, one of the political appointees, told the assembled Civil Rights Division staff how happy she was to have the country run by black men, a statement that violates DoJ rules on racism. “I can’t tell you how excited I am every day when I come to work, and I see pictures of two black men who are running the country.” (6:15)
3. DOJ staff have no sense of history, and don’t appreciate how dangerous politicizing the civil rights division is. (15:30)

Check it out.

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