The Department of Justice later narrowed the charges against Minister King Shabazz and dismissed the charges against the New Black Panther Party and Jerry Jackson.The decision to dismiss the charges has led to accusations that the Department of Justice under the Obama administration is biased against white victims and unwilling to prosecute minorities for civil rights violations. Christian Adams, who in May 2010 resigned his post in the Department of Justice in protest over the Obama administration's perceived mishandling of the case, and by his former supervisor Christopher Coates.The New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case is a political controversy in the United States concerning an incident that occurred during the 2008 election.
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One of Michigan’s 16 electors who will be called upon to cast a vote validating the election of Donald Trump in the Electoral College has testified on video that he and others in the state are receiving “dozens and dozens of death threats” from Hillary Clinton supporters urging them to switch their votes to Clinton. 19 the Electoral College will convene to cast their votes for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, with each state’s electors pledged to vote for the candidate elected on Nov. But more than a dozen states have no laws making it illegal for the electors to change their vote while others have only a minor penalty such as a fine for doing so.
If Clinton’s supporters can get enough of the 163 electors from states where Trump both won and votes can be legally switched on Dec.
Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Hilary Clinton campaign, said in a radio interview Monday that the campaign would look “very very carefully” at whether Trump’s program constitutes illegal voter intimidation.
The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Michael Banerian, 22, of Oakland County, Michigan, is one of that state’s 16 official electors who will meet in the state capital of Lansing on Dec. He told the Detroit News Thursday he has received threatening emails, lots of them, from people telling him to vote for Democrat Clinton instead of the GOP victor he is pledged to support.
Trump won Michigan’s popular vote and should be able to count on the 16 electoral votes in that state.His group plans to be observing elections in Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina.“These are places with a history of voter intimidation and also very liberal gun laws,” Ross said. Even though the legal language surrounding voter intimidation doesn’t specifically mention weapons, certain actions with firearms could certainly be interpreted as such, depending on the context, legal experts and voting rights advocates told TPM.“People going to the polls, and just bringing their guns with them, even it that’s not waving around threateningly, going to a polling place where you have a gun clearly can be intimidating for both black and white voters, because of the history of violence that we’ve seen,” the NAACP LDF’s Ross said.Trump has for months complained about the possibility of an election somehow “rigged” against him, but recently, the rhetoric has taken on a more ominous, and even racially-tinged tone, that specifically mentions voter fraud at the ballot box. An Alabama gun rights activist was prosecuted on state voter obstruction charges for bringing a holstered gun to a polling place in the 2014 election, though elsewhere in the state, open-carry has been allowed at election sites.A 1982 consent decree, issued by a federal court after Democrats claimed Republicans were intimidating minority voters, bars the Republican National Committee from conducting some voter fraud prevention efforts that could have a suppressive effect on voting.It’s not clear whether the Trump campaign would be bound by the decree.Counter-accusations were made, including claims that the actual incident was relatively minor but had been blown out of proportion by individuals and groups with political motives.