Rep. John Lewis Testifies Before Senate Panel
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.
The Honorable John Lewis
United States Representative [D-GA-5th]
President and CEO
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Director-Counsel and President
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
Washington, DC Regional Counsel
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [MALDEF]
United States Commission on Civil Rights
Professor of Law
University of California at San Diego
San Diego, CA
Robert P. Moses
The Algebra Project, Inc.
Robert H. Driscoll
Alston & Bird