The CRIMINAL charges were dropped by the BUSH Justice Department.
What you are referring to was a civil suit brought against the Black Panther Party and tha individuals involved in the incident.
Default was the key term that caught my eye. That's NOT what they call it when you fail to appear in a CRIMINAL case.
So nobody was going to jail. And BUSH'S guys made that call.
This is over a civil case. Just for clarity's sake.