Video of black panthers intimidating voters
The conflict intensified last week when former Justice Department lawyer J.Christian Adams, who was hired during the Bush administration and helped develop the case, told the Commission on Civil Rights that he believed the case had been narrowed because some of his colleagues in the civil rights division were interested in protecting only minorities.The controversy will continue to play out before the Commission on Civil Rights, which plans to issue a report in September.
Department officials have said since then that they did not have sufficient evidence to pursue the case against the other defendants.
But he said his men will not provoke confrontation, but rather "watch for intimidation, videotape it, if possible, and report it to the proper authorities.” Watch the results pour in like a pro with Fox News.com's Election Command Center Zack Stalberg, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia government watchdog group, said his group had received no complaints as of midday Tuesday regarding the presence of New Black Panther Party officials at polling stations.
"We haven't received any complaints at all," Stalberg said.
In 2008, members of the New Black Panthers wore black paramilitary garb and stood in front of the doors leading to a polling place in Philadelphia.
In that case, the Department of Justice later narrowed the charges against Minister King Shabazz and dismissed the charges against the party and Jackson.