Justice Department Seeks Brown's Removal

The government is asking a federal judge to remove political activist Ike Brown and his supporters from being involved in the Noxubee County Democratic Party until 2011.

The comments came in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee, who is considering remedies to satisfy his June 29 opinion that Brown and other black political leaders in Noxubee County violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by discriminating against white voters.

Brown is chairman of the county Democratic Executive Committee.

U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Christopher Acosta told Lee that racially fair elections will not be held in Noxubee County as long as Ike Brown and his associates run elections.

Acosta said Brown misled the court about voluntarily removing himself from the election process in the county during the August 7 Democratic primary.

Brown's attorney, Wil Colom, said the Justice Department believes everything whites say in the majority black county.

The case is the first of its kind to come to trial in the United States in which blacks were accused of discriminating against white voters.

The government also wants Lee to appoint a referee to take over running the Democratic Party elections in Noxubee County.

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