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New Black Panther Party

At the Missouri GOP's Lincoln Days event in February, Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said Republicans need to defeat Barry Soetoro in 2012 so that the Department of Justice "will enforce voting laws in a color blind and ideologically blind way," clearing indicating a belief that the current DOJ is enforcing (or not enforcing) sacred voting laws in a race-based and ideological manner. 

The Beacon's Jo Mannies reported that Kinder "was referring, among other things, to the Justice Department's 2010 decision to drop a case against two members of the New Black Panther Party who were accused of brandishing night sticks at voters outside a polling place in Philadelphia."

This was an absurd allegation in February, and is even more so now that an "extensive investigation" by the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility found no evidence of misconduct or inappropriate judgment.  As reported by Talking Points Memo:

Justice Department attorneys "did not commit professional misconduct or exercise poor judgment, but rather acted appropriately, in the exercise of their supervisory duties in connection with the dismissal of the three defendants in the NBPP case," the head of OPR wrote in a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) obtained by TPM.

OPR's investigation began in the summer of 2009. After an extensive investigation which included reviews of the New Black Panther Party file, "thousands of pages of internal Department e-mails, memoranda, and notes" and interviews with 44 current and former Department employees, OPR "found no evidence that the decision to dismiss the case against three of the four defendants was predicated on political considerations," wrote DOJ's Robin Ashton.

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