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Ike Brown’s Voting Rights Violation Upheld

March 3, 2009
tags: Ike Brown, Mississippi Democrats, Voting Rights Act
by Brett

From the Clarion-Ledger:

A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of Noxubee County Democratic chairman Ike Brown for violating white voters’ rights in an eastern Mississippi county.

U.S. District Tom S. Lee in 2007 sided with the Justice Department in a rare case of federal authorities using the 1965 Voting Rights Act to accuse someone of disenfranchising white voters.

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday upheld Brown’s conviction.

I’m glad to see the 5th Circuit uphold what looked to be a clear violation of voter rights- even if it didn’t fit the usual demographic of these violations.

This case was originally pursued by the Justice Department in the Bush administration. It would be interesting to see if the Obama administration pursues similar reverse-discrimination cases during his term. Judging by Attorney General Eric Holder’s comments calling us “cowards” when it came to issues of race, I would say no.

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