August 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a sign of growing disenchantment with the war on drugs, conservatives joined Democrats and reform advocates Monday in praising Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s declaration that it was time to rethink get-tough policies that have tied the hands of judges and swollen the populations of federal prisons. The nation's top law enforcement officer, decrying the "moral and human costs" of mass incarceration, said he would instruct federal prosecutors to change the way they charge some drug offenders to avoid triggering "mandatory minimum" sentencing laws.
August 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Federal prosecutors will no longer seek long, "mandatory minimum" sentences for many low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, under a major shift in policy aimed at turning around decades of explosive growth in the federal prison population, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. planned to announce Monday. "Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law enforcement reason," Holder planned to tell the American Bar Assn. meeting here, according to an advance text of his remarks.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration moved aggressively Thursday to reassert federal power and block state laws that allegedly violate the civil rights of minority voters, an authority that the Supreme Court had substantially weakened last month by striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The announcement by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. made Texas the administration's test case and first target, all but guaranteeing a full-scale political and legal battle with that state's conservative Republican leadership.
July 16, 2013 |
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.
July 16, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - In an impassioned and at times deeply personal speech, the nation's first black attorney general vowed Tuesday to investigate the "tragic and unnecessary" death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in nearby Sanford and called on the country to address racial injustice he and his family had experienced firsthand. Eric H. Holder Jr. told delegates to the NAACP convention here of his father sitting him down years ago to advise him how to deal with the police - "what to say and how to conduct myself if I was ever stopped or confronted in a way I thought was unwarranted.
July 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. promised tough new restrictions Friday on the seizure of journalists' phone records and emails, backing off from the Obama administration's aggressive use of secret court orders to obtain news media records as part of investigations into leaks of government secrets. The changes, which lawyers for news organizations hailed as significant new protections for the media's ability to freely report on government activities, are being proposed after two months of controversy over the administration's policies regarding surveillance and the free flow of information.
May 31, 2013 |
SIMI VALLEY - Rounding out a week of visits with technology company executives and potential 2016 donors in California, Sen.Rand Paul told Republicans Friday night that the GOP would continue to lose California and other states on the West Coast if it did not adopt a more welcoming attitude toward Latinos and make a more appealing pitch to black voters through issues like school choice and education reform. Outlining his vision for the growth of the Republican Party to a sold-out crowd at theRonald ReaganPresidential Library, the senator from Kentucky said he had been able to stir interest among young voters -- who otherwise have fled the Republican Party -- with his brand of libertarian and conservative politics and his frequent assertion that government “is out of control.” He noted that his March filibuster on theObamaadministration's use of drones - a 13-hour event that made him, at least briefly, a Twitter sensation and something of a folk hero - drew a huge audience on CSPAN, including many young people.
May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday strongly defended the criminal investigation into the leak of classified details about a successful U.S. undercover operation, calling it "within the top two or three most serious leaks" of government-protected information since he became a federal prosecutor more than 35 years ago. The attorney general said he had recused himself earlier from overseeing the investigation into who told the...
April 12, 2013 |
Saying too many homes have been lost “to bank malfeasance or error,” Sen. Barbara Boxer called for federal investigations into whether banks are breaking the consumer-protection pledges they made in last year's $26-billion settlement of foreclosure-abuse investigations. “I am extremely concerned over reports that banks continue to violate the rights of homeowners and the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement,” Boxer (D-Calif.) said in a letter to U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and Joseph A. Smith, the official monitor for the settlement.
December 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Eric H. Holder Jr. was sworn in as attorney general four years ago with probably more on-the-job training, credentials and expertise than any of the 81 others who have run the Justice Department. He joined its Public Integrity Section as a trial lawyer fresh out of law school, and later served as a federal judge and U.S. attorney in Washington. By the late 1990s, he was deputy attorney general. Sworn in for the top post in February 2009, Holder seemed made for the job. But what many supporters and critics say he did not bring to the office - which oversees 110,000 employees, undercover terrorism investigations, anti-drug efforts against Mexican cartels, public corruption prosecutions and civil and financial matters - is what may go down as his legacy.