Tag: Attorney General
A federal judge put an end to Attorney General Eric Holder’s request to appeal his contempt case following the bungled gun-running Operation Fast and Furious, Politico reports.
Monday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson potentially puts Holder on the hot seat.
The ruling means the Justice Department likely will be forced to show a log of the events surrounding the botched sting.
A protracted legal battle is expected.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the ruling.
Posted: November 19th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: appeal, Attorney General, contempt, DOJ, Eric Holder, US District Court Judge
Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak at the funeral today of the TSA agent killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for Gerardo I. Hernandez, who became the first TSA worker killed in the line duty.
In addition to Holder, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, TSA Administrator John Pistole and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are expected to speak.
“We are hurting,” Hernandez’s wife, Ana, said. “I am truly devastated.”
Posted: November 12th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, DOJ, Eric Holder, Homeland Se, lax, shooting, TSA
attorney general/doj file photo
House Republicans are planning to remove AG Eric Holder from office by year’s end, Rep. Tod Yoho, R-Fla., told the Gainsville Sun.
“It’s to get him out of office — impeachment,” the Florida freshman said, adding “it will probably be when we get back in [Washington]. It will be before the end of the year. This will go to the speaker and the speaker will decide if it comes up or not.”
Among the reasons for removal is the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, which allowed guns to be placed in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
The group plans to take the plan to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when the lawmakers return from break.
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Posted: November 7th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, Eric Holder, fast and furious, House Republicans, Impeachment, john boehner
Holder speaks in Philadelphia/doj photo
Attorney General Eric Holder reflected on his life as a black man in a Queens neighborhood, Huffington Post reports.
Holder said the experience shed light on the challenges facing African Americans, many of whom ended up in jail when he was growing up.
“Kids who I grew up with, who I played ball with, basketball, baseball, and went to parties with — for whatever reason — they ended up in a fundamentally different place than I did,” Holder said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “I’m the attorney general of the United States and they are ex-felons. At some point, usually in high school or maybe a little later, they ran afoul of the law and had to serve time.”
Holder said the system is “broken” and needs to be reformed.
Posted: November 1st, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: African Americans, Attorney General, black man, challenges, Eric Holder, Wueens
Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.
Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal purposes, but the two western states in essence allow anyone who wants to get high to buy the drug.
Proponents of legalizing marijuana for recreational use were delighted by Holder’s decision. “The message to the people of the other 48 states … is clear: Seize the day,” exulted Neill Franklin, of one pro-legalization group.
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Posted: September 17th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, Colorado, Decriminalization, Department of Justice, DOJ, Eric Holder, federal law, illegal, legalization, marijuana, Washington
After high-profile corruption cases against Detroit officials, including ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a joint task force that includes the FBI announced charges Thursday against seven building inspectors accused of accepting bribes for phony inspections, the Detroit News reports.
The charges stem from an FBI probe dating as far back as 2007.
According to authorities, the scheme involved seven inspectors who accepted bribes to forge building inspections and even covered up potentially dangerous code violations.
“When you violate the public’s trust, it’s a big deal,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. “When you endanger lives and families, it’s a big deal. You can’t close your eyes to it.”
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Posted: August 30th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, bribery, code violations, Corruption, Detroit, Detroit officials, FBI, Kwame Kilpatrick, Michigan, phony inspections
Federal lawmakers are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to respond to a Reuters report that showed the NSA was supplying the DEA with surveillance information about domestic, non-terrorism cases, Reuters reported Monday evening.
Five Democrats in the Senate and three congressmen want to know if the DEA – as reported – passed NSA intelligence to other agencies, including the FBI, IRS and Homeland Security. The instructions: Never reveal your source, even in court, according to Reuters.
“These allegations raise serious concerns that gaps in the policy and law are allowing overreach by the federal government’s intelligence gathering apparatus,” wrote the senators – Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
The Justice Department confirmed it is investigating.
Posted: August 27th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, DEA, DOJ, domestic non-terrorism cases, Eric Holder, FBI, Homeland Security, IRS, Justice Department, NSA
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.
Attorney General Eric Holder has a partial solution to the U.S.’s massive prison overcrowding – less time for drug offenders.
The Associated Press reports that Holder is addressing overcrowding by favoring drug treatment and community service programs in lieu of long prison sentences. He also support the early release of some elderly inmates.
“We need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter and rehabilitate — not merely to convict, warehouse and forget,” Holder says in the speech he’s scheduled to deliver Monday.
A major change includes ending mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders without ties to gangs, cartels or other large organizations.
Posted: August 12th, 2013 under News Story.
Tags: Attorney General, community service, drug charges, drug offenders, drug treatment, Eric Holder, incarceration, mandatory minimum sentencing, prison overcrowding