J. Christian Adams, a former Department of Justice attorney had worked in the Civil Rights Division where he had brought charges of violation of civil rights against Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson, two members of the New Black Panther group for voter intimidation. Evidence against the two men included videotape of them brandishing night sticks and intimidating voters outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.
He had a strong case against the two men, but Attorney General Eric Holder refused to press the charges any further and both men were released and the case dropped. As a result of the DOJ’s failure to support the prosecution of civil rights violators, Adams resigned from his position with the department.
Now, we are learning that the Department of Justice dropped the charges against Shabazz and Jackson because of communications from the White House. Judicial Watch, obtained the documents indicating the White House involvement when they sued the DOJ under the Freedom of Information Act. The judicial watchdog group then took their evidence before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton.