You might recall, before his death last year, Andrew Breitbart was doing significant coverage on Pigford Scam. Levin reads from a New York Times article that vindicates Breitbart.
U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination
By SHARON LaFRANIERE | NYT
In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp.
Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm.
But a succession of courts â€” and finally the Supreme Court â€” had rebuffed their pleas. Instead of an army of potential claimants, the government faced just 91 plaintiffs. Those cases, the government lawyers figured, could be dispatched at limited cost.
They were wrong.
On the heels of the Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling, interviews and records show, the Obama administrationâ€™s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate not just the 91 plaintiffs but thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court....more