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Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009

Every American who treasures the right to vote should thank the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- and scorn the Democrat-controlled Congress and an Obama Justice Department unworthy of its own name.

The commission has subpoenaed records related to Justice dismissing, despite compelling video evidence, a Philadelphia voter-intimidation case against three New Black Panther Party members. In doing so, it admirably is pursuing the proper course -- which seemingly is the only course likely to get to the bottom of that outrageous decision.

The dismissal begs questions about politics trumping law, yet Congress still has not seen fit to launch its own investigation. And results of a probe by Justice's Office of Professional Responsibility will be just as fraught with conflicts as the investigation that produces them.

The independent fact-finding commission has no such conflicts. It recognizes that the signal the dismissal sent -- Justice will tolerate voter intimidation -- is reprehensible. And anything less than full, timely compliance with its subpoena will only strengthen suspicions about Justice's deplorable handling of this case.

Thank goodness for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' exemplary tenacity in pursuit of the truth.

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