“The Head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Is Violating Federal Law and Her Actions May Be Void”

Hans von Spakovsky argues that the acting head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta has been working in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act for more than a year and a half.

Thus, every action Gupta has taken since May 13, 2015, may have been of “no force or effect.”


It calls into question the validity of all lawsuits initiated by the division that she authorized; any pleadings filed with the federal courts such as the consent decree with Ferguson that she signed in March 2016 or in DOJ’s litigation against voter ID laws in North Carolina and Texas…


States, towns, businesses, schools, and police officers who have been targeted by Gupta’s Civil Rights Division should realize that they may have a valid defense under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act against any actions taken against them by the division while Gupta has been the acting assistant attorney general.