J. Christian Adams

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J. Christian Adams
Born John Christian Adams
Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Hempfield Area High School
Alma mater West Virginia University
University of South Carolina School of Law
Occupation Attorney

John Christian Adams (born 1968)[1][2] is an American attorney formerly employed by the United States Department of Justice under the George W. Bush administration. After leaving his position in 2010, Adams accused the department of racial bias in its handling of a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party.[3][4]


Adams grew up in Hempfield Township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Hempfield Area High School.[5] Adams received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from West Virginia University, then his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1994.[6][7] From 1993 to 1997, Adams served as counsel for Jim Miles, the Secretary of State of South Carolina.[8] In 1999, the Virginia State Bar admitted Adams.[1] Adams is an Eagle Scout.[9]

The Washington Times noted in February 2001 that Adams filed a formal ethics complaint with the Florida Bar against Hugh Rodham, brother of then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, that accused Rodham of violating bar regulations by representing people considered for presidential pardon from former president Bill Clinton, husband of Hillary Rodham Clinton.[10] Citing United States Department of Justice confidentiality rules, the Florida Bar ruled that Hugh Rodham did not violate any rules.[11] Adams responded to the Bar by emphasizing that his complaint accused Rodham of illegally taking a contingent fee to represent the two clients appealing for a pardon.[12] The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2003 that the Transportation Security Administration falsely placed Adams in a No Fly List along with other people with names like "J. Adams".[13]

In December 2007, Columbia, South Carolina newspaper The State reported that Adams called on increased oversight of the South Carolina Supreme Court in response to a controversy over the court reversing the grades of 20 who failed the bar exam.[8]

Justice Department Civil Rights Division[edit]

The United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under the George W. Bush administration hired Adams in 2005.[14] In 2008, Adams was one of three federal attorneys probing Lake Park, Florida for possible bias against African-Americans being elected to town commission.[15]

In December 2009, Adams's supervisor and Civil Rights Division attorney Christopher Coates stepped down as chief of the voting division in December 2009 amid controversy over his objections to the dropping of the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case.[14] Coates' testimony before the United States Civil Rights Commission supported Adams' allegations,[16] and the Commission's report that found "a cover-up of a possible racial double standard in law enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice," and, detailing "a year of DOJ’s intransigence and baseless refusals to comply with our subpoenas," that "the Department of Justice is unquestionably hostile to any serious investigation of these allegations."[17] In May 2010, Adams resigned from the Justice Department.[18]

Post-Justice Department career[edit]

After leaving the Justice Department, Adams became a contributor to Pajamas Media.[5] He has been a guest commentator for Fox News, Rush Limbaugh's DailyRushbo.com, the Heritage Foundation, Newsmax TV and other conservative media. On June 28, 2010, The Washington Times published a guest commentary by Adams in which Adams accused the Justice Department of racial bias by dropping the New Black Panthers case.[19] Subsequently, Adams accused Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez of lying under oath in investigative hearings before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.[5] On July 6, 2010, Adams testified before the Commission on Civil Rights that the Justice Department's decision was driven by racial bias against white Americans.[20]

During the 2012 Republican presidential primaries in Virginia, Adams represented candidate Michele Bachmann in a multi-candidate lawsuit to add Bachmann and others to the primary ballot in Virginia.[21] Bachmann and the other candidates lost the lawsuit.[22]


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  1. ^ a b "John Christian Adams". Avvo. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Markon, Jerry; Thompson, Krissah (October 23, 2010). "Dispute over New Black Panthers case causes deep divisions". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 7, 2012. Adams, 42, was assigned as the lead lawyer. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Official Accuses Justice Department of Racial Bias in Black Panther Case". FOXNews.com. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  4. ^ Turner, Channing. "Adams: 'Lawless' Civil Rights Division Dismissed Black Panther Case". Mainjustice.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  5. ^ a b c Gazarik, Richard (July 2, 2010). "Lawyer bashes Obama officials over Philadelphia voter-intimidation case". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Justice Department and the New Black Panthers Voting Rights Controversy". Federalist Society. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "John Christian Adams search". South Carolina Bar. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Brundrett, Rick (December 2, 2007). "Supreme Court not off the hook". The State. Columbia, South Carolina. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Obama's Choice: 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts, or Joy Behar?". PJ Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ McCaslin, John (February 26, 2001). "Inside the beltway". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2001. 
  11. ^ McCaslin, John (July 26, 2001). "Inside the beltway". The Washington Times. Archived from the original on July 30, 2001. 
  12. ^ McCaslin, John (July 30, 2001). "Inside the beltway". The Washington Times. 
  13. ^ Gathright, Alan (June 8, 2003). "No-fly list ensnares innocent travelers". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on June 20, 2003. 
  14. ^ a b Reilly, Ryan J. "Voting Section Chief Out Amid Controversy – Main Justice". Mainjustice.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  15. ^ Dubocq, Tom (July 20, 2008). "Feds probe possible racial bias in Lake Park voting". Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on September 4, 2008. 
  16. ^ Foster, Daniel (September 24, 2010). "Coates Testifies at Civil Rights Commission". The Corner. National Review Online. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ Race Neutral Enforcement of the Law? The U.S. Department of Justice and the New Black Panther Party Litigation: An Interim Report (PDF), US Commission of Civil Rights, December 3, 2010 
  18. ^ Reilly, Ryan J. (May 18, 2010). "DOJ lawyer who brought Black Panthers case resigns". Main Justice. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ Adams, J. Christian (June 28, 2010). "Inside the Black Panther case". Washington Times. p. B1. 
  20. ^ Savage, Charlie (July 7, 2010). "Racial Motive Alleged in a Justice Dept. Decision". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  21. ^ Higgins, Tim; Millard, Mike (January 6, 2012). "Virginia's Cuccinelli Opposes Changes to March Primary Rules". Bloomberg News. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  22. ^ Kumar, Anita (January 13, 2012). "Perry, Gingrich lose lawsuit to get on Virginia primary ballot". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 

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