September 25, 2008

Anonymous "Election Lawyer" is Concerned that Justice Department Will Criminally Prosecute Republicans for Exercising First Amendment Rights in Election

See here. A snippet:

    Walsh made it clear that the Criminal Section intends to use the civil rights statutes to criminally prosecute anyone they consider to be engaging in voter "intimidation" or "oppression." Now, that might sound like a reasonable idea until you realize that Walsh and Kappelhoff's definition of "intimidation" and "oppression" goes far beyond what you and I would imagine. Walsh stated that because we have an African-American presidential candidate, there would be voter suppression -- a baseless assumption that plays on left-wing stereotypes of America as a racist nation. Every single example of wrongdoing that Walsh and other presenters used in their presentations talked about Republicans: there was not a single example of any wrongdoing committed by any Democrats in the entire two-day conference.

    One cited example of a "criminal" violation supposedly intended to "suppress" voting was sending mailers informing voters that you must be a citizen to vote, a requirement of state and federal law. One of the deputy chiefs, Mark Blumberg, told FBI agents and federal prosecutors that the individuals responsible for such a brochure should be brought before a federal grand jury to ask them if they belong to any "anti-immigrant" groups. Not surprisingly, this deputy chief also did a detail with Senator Kennedy.

Was anyone else at the meeting to verify or refute what the anonymous election lawyer says? I've been skeptical of such anonymous claims before.

Posted by Rick Hasen at September 25, 2008 12:11 PM