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Rep. John Lewis Testimony Before Senate On Civil Rights Division of DOJ

September 6, 2007
Press Release

Today Rep. John Lewis testified before a Senate Judiciary Panel about the continuing need for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.  With the resignation of top law enforcement official Attorney General Alberto Gonzales leaving the Department of Justice, 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.

CLICK HERE to read Rep. Lewis Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee