The New Black Panther Voter intimidation scandal hasn’t gone away. The Justice Department is forced to investigate itself over the dropped charges in the New Black Panther polling place violations.
Then suddenly last week, months after Perez’s testimony, the inspector general of the Department of Justice, who previously had refused to investigate the matter, sent a letter to representatives Lamar Smith and Frank Wolf advising them that in response to their requests in July and August the inspector general would undertake an investigation of the Voting Section’s enforcement of civil rights laws. Echoing the civil rights commission’s yearlong investigation, the inspector general’s probe will examine.
It remains to be seen if and when this will blow up again, but if this is the type of story that can turn into something huge, It can’t be ignored forever.