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Rep. John Lewis Testifies Before Senate Panel

September 6, 2007
Press Release

With the resignation of top law enforcement official Attorney General Alberto Gonzales leaving the Department of Justice in disarray, the Senate Judiciary Committee has called for testimony regarding the historic significance of the Civil Rights Division of DOJ and the continuing need for its services.  In recent years deeply disturbing reports have emerged suggesting that the career attorneys in the division have been pressured to change their rulings about whether state elections laws violated the Voting Rights Act. 

The controversial Georgia photo ID law is one decision alleged to have been subjected to that kind of pressure.  On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Civil Rights Division, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark the occasion with testimony regarding the history and the continuing relevance of this branch of DOJ. 

  On the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Civil Rights Division, the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark the occasion with testimony regarding the history and the continuing relevance of this branch of DOJ. 

The testimony takes place today, Wednesday September 5, Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226 at 10:00 a.m.

Panel I:

 

The Honorable John Lewis

United States Representative [D-GA-5th]

 

Panel II:

 

Wade Henderson

President and CEO

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Washington, DC

 

Theodore Shaw

Director-Counsel and President

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

Washington, DC

 

Peter Zamora

Washington, DC Regional Counsel

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [MALDEF]

Washington, DC

 

Gail Heriot

Commissioner

United States Commission on Civil Rights

Professor of Law

University of California at San Diego

San Diego, CA

 

Robert P. Moses

President

The Algebra Project, Inc.

Cambridge, MA

 

Robert H. Driscoll

Partner

Alston & Bird

Washington, DC