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October 4, 2009 | DOYLE McMANUS
Eric H. Holder Jr., attorney general of the United States, has been a lonely man for the last six weeks. On Aug. 24, Holder ordered a federal prosecutor to review the Bush administration Justice Department's decisions not to prosecute CIA personnel who broke the agency's own rules in their zeal to wring information from suspected terrorists. Holder didn't ask for indictments or a full investigation, only for a "preliminary review." But the response from defenders of the Bush administration was immediate and deafening.
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April 16, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has been crusading for more lenient treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, making it a top priority before he is expected to leave office this year. Recently, however, he has been forced to confront an epidemic of deaths from heroin and prescription drug abuse, one that his opponents have cited as a reason for not loosening drug sentences. In prepared remarks for a speech Wednesday, Holder cited the "stunning rise in heroin and prescription opiate overdose deaths" and vowed the Justice Department was committed to "rigorous enforcement" of the drug laws and "robust treatment" of drug addicts.
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NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was taken to a Washington hospital Thursday after experiencing “faintness and shortness of breath” during his regular morning meeting with senior staff at the Justice Department. Holder was driven by a security detail to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment, officials said. He was described as “alert and conversing with his doctors,” according to Brian Fallon, the attorney general's chief spokesman. Fallon added that Holder was “resting comfortably and in good condition” and was expected to “undergo further evaluation.” It was unclear how long he might be hospitalized.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Gay rights advocates in Michigan cheered Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages hastily performed March 22. But the small victory translates to more complications for some newlyweds. After a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban March 21, Deborah Dolney, 28, and her fiancee, Jessie-Mae Secord, 33, seized the opportunity to get married. Four counties opened their offices the next day to issue marriage licenses, and Dolney and Secord were among those in line.
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and David G. Savage
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. met Wednesday afternoon with about a dozen family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to discuss an FBI probe into allegations that News Corp. employees may have hacked into the phones of victims or their families. A Justice Department official said the more than hourlong meeting was “a positive, productive meeting, but mostly a listening session.” Holder described the possibility that there was hacking as “very disturbing,” the families' lawyer, Norman Siegel, told the Associated Press.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate committee Tuesday that members of the Department of Justice's national security division have been recused from participating in new investigations into leaks of classified information to the press, but he insisted that the decision does not signal they were part of the unauthorized disclosure of secret material. He also said that he and FBI Director Robert Mueller III have already been interviewed by two teams of prosecutors about what they knew about the leaks into secret drone attacks, cyber warfare and other clandestine operations.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., speaking about the George Zimmerman acquittal at the NAACP annual convention in Orlando, Fla., urged that laws like Florida's “stand your ground” statute allowing people to use licensed firearms when they feel threatened should be invoked only after the person first tries to retreat from a dangerous situation. “It's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- One at a time, Rep. Darrell Issa held up a thick wiretap application form and slammed it on his dais in the elaborate House Judiciary Committee hearing room. Each time the Vista, Calif., Republican angrily read out loud the dates: May 15, 2010, April 19, 2010, May 7, 2010, May 17, 2010, June 2, 2010, and July 2, 2010. All of them, he said, “before Brian Terry was gunned down.” The packages were proof, Issa contended, that the Department of Justice in Washington and perhaps the Obama White House were aware of the flawed tactics in the ATF's Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation in Arizona that allowed more than 2,000 firearms to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
NATIONAL
May 4, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Four people wounded in the 1970 National Guard shootings at Kent State University have asked for a federal investigation centered on a digitally enhanced audio recording of the confrontation. Four students were killed and nine injured in the incident, which began as a campus protest against the Vietnam War. The survivors contend that the recording contains evidence that National Guard troops were ordered to fire on unarmed protesters.  A command to fire has never been proved, and some Guard members have said they fired in self-defense.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2009 | Josh Meyer
President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general was described on Day Two of his confirmation hearings Friday both as a man of great principle and independence and as a lawman unworthy of the nation's top law enforcement job because he was soft on Puerto Rican nationalists. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, two witnesses sharply criticized Eric H. Holder Jr.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. was taken to a Washington hospital Thursday after experiencing “faintness and shortness of breath” during his regular morning meeting with senior staff at the Justice Department. Holder was driven by a security detail to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment, officials said. He was described as “alert and conversing with his doctors,” according to Brian Fallon, the attorney general's chief spokesman. Fallon added that Holder was “resting comfortably and in good condition” and was expected to “undergo further evaluation.” It was unclear how long he might be hospitalized.
NATIONAL
February 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. sounds like a man who suddenly found a second wind. During his first four years as America's top law enforcement officer, Holder's tenure at the Justice Department seemed so unfocused and controversy-prone that even Democrats began to question what the nation's first African American attorney general had accomplished, and whether he had the passion to stick it out. But since President Obama's reelection, the...
OPINION
February 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Despite persistent polarization in Washington, a bipartisan consensus is emerging around the proposition that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Democrats tend to emphasize the injustice of excessive sentences that disproportionately affect racial minorities. Republicans are more likely to stress the cost of over-incarceration. But the common ground is real and significant. Last week, by a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Smarter Sentencing Act, sponsored by Sens.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department said Wednesday that it has launched a criminal investigation into the recent cybertheft of more than 110 million Target customers' data, including the credit card numbers of 40 million Americans. "We are committed to working to find not only the perpetrators of these sorts of data breaches, but also any individuals and groups who exploit that data via credit card fraud," Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - In the three weeks since a federal judge told Utah gays they had a constitutional right to marry, the issue of whether such a right exists in the state has pingponged from a federal appeals court to the U.S. Supreme Court, the state attorney general, the governor and, Friday, the U.S. attorney general. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that the federal government would recognize the more than 1,300 same-sex marriages that took place in Utah during the past three weeks, meaning those couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns and be eligible for hundreds of other legal rights and obligations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and other federal officials are slated to appear Tuesday at a public memorial for the TSA agent slain in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport. The 10 a.m. ceremony at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena comes 11 days after a gunman opened fire at the nation's third-busiest airport, killing one TSA agent and wounding three other people. Gerardo I. Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two , became the first Transportation Security Administration worker killed in the line of duty.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives has begun considering whether to find Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for ignoring a subpoena to turn over internal Department of Justice documents in the "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking scandal. If contempt is approved, which appears likely, it will mark the first time in the nation's history that a sitting Cabinet member has been found in contempt of Congress. The vote has been scheduled for about 5 p.m. Eastern time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder called the shooting death of a Transportation Security Administration agent at Los Angeles International Airport a "profound sacrifice" at a public memorial Tuesday, and vowed to "not rest until justice has been done. " Holder was the final speaker at the ceremony at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, where scores of law enforcement and public officials gathered to honor Gerardo I. Hernandez, who became the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty during the Nov. 1 rampage.
OPINION
August 13, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
With an eye toward reducing what even many conservatives concede is excessive incarceration of minor drug offenders, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Monday that federal prosecutors would be directed to file charges in a way that would spare many defendants from mandatory minimum sentences. That policy is a sound and compassionate response to the fact that too many people are being imprisoned for too long, by state and federal governments alike, because of a war on drugs that has been prosecuted not wisely but too well.
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