U.S. panel chides Holder in Panther probe

Written by Jerry Seper
The Washington Times
Saturday, 03 October 2009

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Wednesday to name a Justice Department official to oversee the production of what it called “our overdue information requests” for documents in the dismissal of a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party accused of disrupting a Philadelphia polling place in the November elections.

Commission Chairman Gerald A. Reynolds said in a letter that the department has been “largely non-responsive” to requests for information since questions about the dismissal were first raised in June and had turned over “none of the documents” being sought.

Mr. Reynolds said that after seeking to work with department subordinates to get access to the documents, the commission turned directly to Mr. Holder in August but had still not received any of the requested information, including documents on previous voter intimidation investigations “so we could determine whether the department’s action in the NBPP case constitutes a change in policy and, if so, what the implications of that change might be.”

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