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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:31 PM

Jeff Sessions's year at DOJ is a year the civil rights movement will never get back

The stated mission of the Justice Department is “to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.” However, since taking the helm of the Justice Department one year ago Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has proven incredibly hostile on some of the most important and critical civil rights matters of our time.

As the leader of the most important law enforcement agency in the country, he has used his first year in the role to gut the mission of the agency and to make clear his disdain for victims of discrimination. Without immediate Congressional oversight, we run the risk that Attorney General Sessions will cause irreparable damage to an agency tasked with protecting the rights of the most vulnerable Americans.

In the area of voting rights, the Justice Department under Sessions has not filed a single new action seeking to protect the voting rights of minority voters. My organization, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, staffed with a fraction of the attorneys serving under Sessions at DOJ, has filed seven voting rights cases in states including North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona in the same period.

Equally disturbing, the Sessions DOJ reversed its position in two significant voting rights cases — the Texas Photo ID case and the Ohio voter purge case presently before the Supreme Court — ignoring the facts in these cases in favor of taking a politicized view of the law that fully departs from positions taken during the life of these cases. Sadly, these u-turns have occurred during the 60th anniversary year of DOJ’s Division of Civil Rights.


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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 07:41 PM

1. Has it been a year?


And isn't this pretty much what we expected from him?

I'm remembering that Mitch McConnell wouldn't let Cora Scott King's letter about him be read on the floor by Liz Warren. If I'm not mistaken, that was her "And still she persisted" moment.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 02:40 AM

2. lies like a snake

From the article:

At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year, Sessions vowed to enforce hate crimes laws and attempted to remake himself as a civil rights champion. He told senators:

“I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters.”

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