July 16, 2013 |
Full transcript of Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks at the NAACP Annual Convention in Orlando ,Fla., on July 16, 2013. ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. (Inaudible.) Thank you. (Inaudible.) Thank you. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you. AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Inaudible.) ATTY GEN. HOLDER: I know you do. (Cheers, applause.) Well, thank you all for such a warm introduction. And thank you, Derrick, for those...
July 16, 2013 |
ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned "stand your ground" laws Tuesday, saying the measures "senselessly expand the concept of self-defense" and may encourage "violent situations to escalate. " The statutes, which have been enacted in more than 30 states , have become the focus of a complicated national debate over race, crime and culpability since the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla....
July 15, 2013 |
With the acquittal of George Zimmerman continuing to reverberate nationwide, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday he shares concerns about "the tragic, unnecessary shooting death" of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last year, and he vowed to pursue a federal investigation into the matter. In a speech at the social action luncheon of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Holder pledged that the Justice Department would "continue to act in a manner that is...
June 14, 2013
We were disappointed to read David Ignatius's June 9 op-ed column, " A mediocre attorney general ," purporting to represent the views of a number of unnamed Washington lawyers about Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s tenure. Mr. Ignatius didn't contact us, nor any of the 22 other former senior Justice Department officials who have signed this letter , for his column. Our work, spanning a wide range of issues that come before the department — from national security prosecutions...
June 10, 2013 |
When embattled Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that the only reason he'd leave his job was if he got really, really tired — when fatal "fatigue" finally set in — he may have blazed a new trail. It's nearly unheard of for such high-ranking public officials to claim that they're just too tuckered out to forge on. Usually, it's that they want to spend more time with their families. (That's a tried-and-true classic.) Or that they want to serve their country in other ways.
June 7, 2013 |
People are looking for the wrong "scandal" about Attorney General Eric Holder. The problem with Holder is the plain fact that, in the judgment of a wide range of legal colleagues, he has been a mediocre attorney general. Holder's mistakes in management and judgment are clear in the current controversy about leak investigations. He was silent as zealous prosecutors overrode the Justice Department's guidelines for subpoenaing reporters ; he recused himself from the case but bizarrely doesn't seem to have kept...