On July 6, 2010, Fox News' Bill O' Reilly asked Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl whether the Justice Department should have prosecuted the Panthers. And it's interesting you use the word prosecute, because all that the department did was file a civil complaint, which they won by default judgment. And they could have done that." "Okay, but you say they should have done that? I have to tell you, this bothers me because I believe that they are not being race neutral in their enforcement of the Voting Rights Act." O' Reilly expanded on this point very clearly in a July 19, 2010, column.
After President Obama took office, the DOJ decided to pursue the case against the defendant carrying the club but dropped the lawsuit against the other defendants.
Jerry Jackson, who was charged in the 2008 case along with Minister King Samir Shabazz, but later saw charges dropped by the Department of Justice, was seen early Tuesday outside a North Philadelphia voting site wearing the group’s trademark black beret, combat-style uniform and heavy boots.