Let me see if I can get this straight. A political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to use election day robocalls in an effort to suppress black voter turnout during the 2010 gubernatorial election ("Schurick convicted," Dec. 7).
In 2008, members of the New Black Panther Party stood at a Philadelphia polling place, shook a billy club, used menacing gestures, and made racial threats to intimidate voters. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department dismissed all charges against two of the men, and the third got a slap on the wrist and was told to simply not display a weapon within 100 feet of any open polling location on any election day in the city of Philadelphia until Nov. 15, 2012.