The Department of Justice (DOJ) found itself in the crosshairs of
Twitter gossip last week as the John Edwards trial came to its conclusion on
Friday--with the acquittal of the former Democratic presidential candidate
putting renewed scrutiny on the success (or lack thereof) of the DOJ's Public
According to OhMyGov Analytics, 2,782 references to the DOJ
were recorded June 1--the date Edwards' case in Greensboro was concluded,
kicking off a seven-day surge that brought the total mentions of the DOJ to
well over 10,000.
But Edwards' imbroglio with mistress Rielle Hunter wasn't
the only topic of discussion dominating the social media network that day. According
to CNN, lawyers for Florida's local elections officers recommended that all of
the state's 67 counties stop purging names from voter rolls following the
Justice Department's intervention in the program.
The recommendation effectively halts Governor Rick Scott's
(R-FL) effort to identify and purge the names of non-citizens who had
registered to vote illegally. Over
100,000 such individuals were identified using the state's Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle data prior to the Department of Justice
stepping in on May 31, writing in a memorandum that the state failed to notify
the federal government of their plans to purge the rolls--a possible violation
of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.
The news was welcomed by many on Twitter, congratulating
them for putting the kibosh what they see as Florida's persecution of minority
voters--many of them Democrats.
answered my prayers," @23YearNavyVet wrote. "thank u Justice
Yet not everyone welcomed the news.
"Please add this
Department of Justice to the 'abolish' list" EBCheck12 wrote, referencing
Florida's halt of the voter rolls.
"Man, are we ever
going to have true justice anymore?" He said in a linked audio clip.
"How in the heck can the Department of Justice...be telling a state that
is trying to do the right thing to stop doing it?"
The sentiment was shared by many conservatives on Twitter,
who believe that the halting of the voter rolls by the DOJ is a desperate move
by the Obama Administration to strengthen its' reelection chances because, to
quote one outraged user, "Democrats need the extra ballots to stuff the
The controversy over the purging of voter rolls wasn't the
only time DOJ found itself in the center of controversy as the month of June
kicked off. On June 4, 1,325 tweets were recorded as several stories about the
agency broke, all on the same day. The crumbling of the DOJ's case against British
Petroleum (BP) engineer Kurt Mix, an investigation into the possibly illegal
collection of fees by attorneys in corporate bankruptcy cases, and the DOJ's
decision to monitor the recall election in Wisconsin Twitter users both on the
right and left--a sign that the election season is truly here.
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