Although I fear that Ornery's far left squad will lambast me for using a known right-wing source like National Public Radio ...
quote: President Obama said on Thursday that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. ... Holder already is one of the longest-serving members of the Obama Cabinet and currently ranks as the fourth-longest tenured AG in history. ... But some of that early glow faded in part due to the politicized nature of the job and in part because of Holder's own rhetoric ... Under pressure that threatened his job and his legacy, the attorney general reversed his decision and instead sent the cases to military court where they continue to languish even as Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and other terrorism defendants are serving life sentences in maximum-security prisons on American soil.
Holder most wants to be remembered for his record on civil rights: refusing to defend a law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman;
Really? The fourth-longest AG term in history, and that's the first thing on the list to say in his favor? Talk about damning with faint praise.
quote:launching 20 investigations of abuses by local police departments; and using his bully pulpit to lobby Congress to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. Many of those sentences disproportionately hurt minority communities.
Sure. Those would be neat things to do, if he pressed until he actually got results. What so far have been the results, since we're talking legacy? (is that why NPR's leading with gay marriage, because intentionally throwing the case before the Supreme Court is the only positive result that can be claimed?)
quote:But even longtime aides say Holder didn't do enough to help himself by shrugging off preparations and moot sessions before congressional appearances and speaking off the cuff and obliquely.
Things hit a crisis point when the GOP-led House voted him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about a gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious. That represented the first time an attorney general had ever been rebuked that way, but still Holder held on to his job.
In the end, the decision to leave was Holder's alone two sources told NPR that the White House would have been happy to have him stay a full eight years and to avoid what could be a contentious nomination fight for his successor.
So what great future for the social revolutionary?
quote: Friends and former colleagues say Holder has made no decisions about his next professional perch, but they say it would be no surprise if he returned to the law firm Covington & Burling, where he spent years representing corporate clients.
But even as a general disapprover of Holder's administration; I have to give credit for this:
quote:Holder sent a memo to U.S. attorneys Wednesday urging them not to use sentencing enhancements known as "851" tools to gain leverage in plea negotiations with defendants in essence, threatening defendants into avoiding trial with huge amounts of prison time. The practice has been criticized by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn and other jurists.
Holder is also expected to notify federal prosecutors in coming days that the Justice Department will no longer require defendants who plead guilty to waive their rights to appeal based on ineffective lawyering. Many U.S. attorneys now forgo that practice, but not all.
Long-awaited racial profiling guidelines for federal agents will be released soon, too.
Truly awesome, and daring too. If this is for real and these policies hold, then I'll be forced to change tunes entirely on Holder. As Harry said,
"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!"
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