US Attorney General Eric Holder has formally resigned. He will stay until a replacement is found. This is sad because he has been saying all the right stuff about mandatory minimums promoting disparity, prisons being unsustainable, and low level drug lawbreakers. We hope that his replacement will follow through with his philosophy. We know that many right-wing folks in Congress follow Newt Gingrich & Pat Nolan’s Right on Crime activity, so let’s hope that common sense prevails.
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, Sept. 25, 2014
“Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., an original member of President Obama’s Cabinet and a vocal proponent of civil rights and criminal justice reform, plans to leave the post as soon as a successor is confirmed…
“President Obama will make an announcement about HolderThursday afternoon, according to White House officials.”
Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General
Carrie Johnson, NPR, Sept. 25, 2014
“Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.
“Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR 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. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear that he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.”