The Obama donor prosecuting conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza is being accused of “fostering disrespect for the rule of law” for allegedly failing to enforce a housing desegregation ruling.
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is an Obama donor and prospective Attorney General in a Hillary Clinton administration. But his career ambitions might face some opposition from the left. (RELATED: What You Need to Know About The Obama Donor Prosecuting Dinesh D’Souza)
The New York-based group ERASE Racism joined with the Equal Justice Society and the local housing group Enhanced Section 8 Outreach Program to accuse Bharara of failing to enforce a desegregation court order issued in 2009 against New York’s Westchester County.
The groups wrote an August letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, which was obtained by The Daily Caller. The letter claimed that Bharara’s failure to “enforce all the provisions of the consent decree is fostering disrespect for the rule of law and makes clear to other jurisdictions that the Government is not prepared to force structural change even where it has the maximum leverage provided by a court order.”
“Most troubling,” according to the letter, Bharara’s office “has taken the position that it is defendant Westchester, not the Court, that decides whether its most critical obligations have been triggered.”
The letter accused Westchester County of failing to realize “The construction of 750 units of housing that affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH), with at least 300 units of such units having financing in place by the end of 2013,” among other alleged violations of the court order.
The Justice Department said in April 2013 that it would pursue contempt charges against Westchester County but Bharara has not taken action.
“Nevertheless, the U.S. Attorney has never sought to have the Hon. Denise Cote, the District Court judge who retains jurisdiction over the matter, find Westchester in contempt or issue supplemental orders in connection with any of these violations,” the letter stated. “As to units that clearly do not AFFH, the Government has collaborated with the defendant in counting units that should not be counted.”
Bharara prosecuted D’Souza for using straw donors to contribute more than the maximum amount of money to the losing Senate campaign of D’Souza’s friend Wendy Long.
Bharara previously came under diplomatic scanner for “targeting” Indians for prosecution.
“No comment,” Bharara’s spokeswoman Jerika Richardson told TheDC.