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Attorney General Eric Holder

Feb 19, 2015

Holder argues for success of drug sentencing policies

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are changing the way drug defendants are charged and punished, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, unveiling statistics that show sentences are increasingly being based less on rigid formulas and more on the circumstances of each crime. It’s a signature issue for Holder’s legacy as he prepares to leave the Justice […]

Sep 25, 2014

White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

WASHINGTON — Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first black attorney general. The White House said that President Barack Obama would announce Holder’s departure later […]

Jul 21, 2014

Holder visits Buffalo

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the Buffalo office of the Western District of New York on Friday. He discussed a number of issues important to the safety of the Western New York community with U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and staff. Topics included the office’s successful efforts in prosecuting violent crime, public corruption, […]

Mar 14, 2014

Holder endorses proposed drug sentencing changes

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for many nonviolent drug traffickers, saying the change would rein in runaway federal prison costs and create a fairer criminal justice system. Holder’s backing for a U.S. Sentencing Commission proposal to lower the guideline penalties is part […]

Feb 10, 2014

Holder applies same-sex marriage ruling to Justice

WASHINGTON — In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges […]

Oct 22, 2013

AG: Number of mass shootings tripled

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the average number of mass shooting incidents has tripled in recent years. Between 2000 and 2008, the U.S. experienced an average of five mass shootings every year. Since then the annual average has tripled, Holder said. So far in 2013, there have been at least 12, he […]

Aug 12, 2013

Criminal justice system changes proposed

WASHINGTON — With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. In remarks prepared for delivery to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder said he […]

Jul 25, 2013

Justice Dept. to challenge states on voting rights

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that the Justice Department is opening a new front in the battle for voter protections, a response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a major setback to the Voting Rights Act. In a speech to the National Urban League in Philadelphia, Holder said that as […]

Jun 7, 2013

AG: Won’t prosecute reporters for doing their job

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder denied Thursday that the Obama administration is killing suspected terrorists with drone strikes to avoid capturing them and sending them to the Guantanamo prison it wants to close. Appearing before a Senate panel, Holder also generally declined comment about a long-running NSA program to collect phone record of millions […]

May 16, 2013

House committee concerned over subpoenas to AP

WASHINGTON — The leaders of a House panel told Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday that they had serious concerns about the Justice Department’s gathering of phone records at The Associated Press. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said he worries about any infringement on freedom of the press in light […]

Mar 6, 2013

Holder promises more openness on nat’l security

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder promised the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration will share more information with Congress and the American people about national security policies, particularly the government’s use of drone strikes. Holder’s comments came at a hearing where both Democratic and Republican senators said they must have access [&hellip[...]

Aug 13, 2012

House files suit against Holder over gov’t records

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican-run House on Monday asked a federal court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that he produce records on a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious. The lawsuit asked the court to reject a claim by President Barack Obama asserting executive privilege, a legal […]

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