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The bipartisan panel investigating allegations that the Justice Department wrongly abandoned a case against the New Black Panther Party plans to issue a new round of subpoenas and call for a separate federal probe following explosive testimony from an ex-Justice official, a commissioner said.
As the case heats up, members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights may even travel to South Carolina to track down one witness.
Former Justice attorney J. Christian Adams on Tuesday testified before the commission that his former employer not only abandoned the voter intimidation case for racial reasons, but had instructed attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.
Commissioner Ashley Taylor said the panel will send out a letter as early as Wednesday calling for the Justice Department to open an investigation into the charge. The letter will go to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who in May told the panel to bring any such claims “to our attention” if there’s evidence.
“I think (the testimony) provided the evidence of the policy he said he was unaware of,” Taylor said, calling Adams’ allegations “serious” and “shocking.”
Further, after Adams repeatedly urged the commission to pursue testimony from former voting section chief Christopher Coates – whom the Justice Department is accused of shielding – Taylor said the commission will renew its subpoenas for Coates and others. He expressed optimism that the attention and interest building in the case would put pressure on Justice to free Coates to testify.
“I could tell just from the reaction of the other commissioners, we want to hear from him,” he told FoxNews.com on Wednesday. “I am confident that if we just keep asking the right questions… all the facts will come out.”
Taylor said the Coates subpoena would go out within the month, and that commissioners may even travel to South Carolina, where Coates has been transferred, to issue the subpoena. The rules require that the commission be within 100 miles of a witness in order to issue one.
Adams, who has been accused by the Justice Department of distorting the facts and promoting his own “agenda,” repeatedly claimed Tuesday that Coates would be able to corroborate his story.
The Chicago Democrat Machine reached into neighboring Will County and lined up a couple Democrat officials to throw Cedra Crenshaw, GOP candidate for the 43rd State Senate District, off the ballot.
The Machine candidate, A.J. Wilhelmi, was specially appointed to the Senate seat. The Democrat Machine would prefer a coronation, rather than a competition. The Election Board’s decision is below.
Less than 140 characters cost CNN’s Octavia Nasr her job after she tweeted her “respect” for a terror-loving Hezbollah sheikh who died over the weekend.
Nasr, CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs, ran into hot water after she posted on Twitter that she was “sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”
A measure in the U.S. House of Representatives that would force the chamber into a new vote on Obamacare, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want it, is halfway toward its needed support.
Advocates say constituents need to call their representatives to tell them to get on board so that the petition is positioned to move forward whether or not the GOP becomes the House majority after the fall elections.
The “Grim Sleeper” serial murder case, two decades in the making, may finally be nearing its conclusion. A suspect was arrested on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, was arrested in connection with a series of murders spanning 20 years in which ten African-American women and one black man were shot or strangled to death.
The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with a Russian convicted of spying for the U.S. reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna.
Defense lawyers say they hoped for an immediate resolution for their 10 clients charged with spying for Russia. A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties.
The nation’s debt leapt $166B in a single day last week, the third-largest increase in U.S. history. The increase was bigger than the entire annual deficit for fiscal year 2007.
The figure works out to nearly $1,500 for every U.S. household, or more than 10 times the median daily household income. All three of the biggest one-day debt increases have occurred under President Obama’s tenure.
Egyptian archaeologists on Thursday unveiled a newly-unearthed double tomb in the ancient necropolis of Saqqara near Cairo, saying it could be the start for uncovering a vast cemetery in the area.
The tomb includes two false doors with colorful paintings depicting the two people buried there, a father and a son who served as heads of the royal scribes, said Abdel-Hakim Karar, a top archaeologist at Saqqara.
Officials with the Texas gubernatorial campaign of Woodrow the dog said the canine’s candidacy is aimed at bringing awareness to animal issues.
Lorri Michel, who adopted Woodrow as a puppy from the Town Lake Animal Center in 2006, said the campaign – which bears the slogan: “How ruff can it be?” – is aimed at drawing attention to the struggles of Texas dogs and cats in need of loving homes.
Authorities have charged a 29-year-old Villa Rica man with aggravated assault and false imprisonment after he held his mother hostage for failing to iron his clothes.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marc Griffith says Robert Tyrrell Jr. remained in jail Wednesday without bond. Griffith, who lives with his parents, wanted his mother to do some ironing because it was “woman’s work.”
A confused seagull is having something of an identity crisis – apparently believing that he is a cat. Mr Pooh was adopted by June and Steve Grimwood after he fell down their chimney as a baby.
The couple discovered the soot-covered youngster sitting in their fireplace while investigating a strange rustling. At first they took the chick back outside, placing it on top of the roof of their home in West Sussex.
It may have been how Robert Grimstad was driving that caught people s attention. He was all over the road. Or the fact it was after midnight and he didn’t have headlights on. Most likely, though, it was the fact he was riding a lawn mower down the highway.
When authorities caught him just before 1 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 300th Street and Highway 17, he told them he was picking up cans.