WASHINGTON — Could the White House be hinting at when President Barack Obama might nominate a new attorney general?
After six years as head of the Department of Justice, Eric Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, will be stepping down. Holder has focused on major civil liberties issues, but has also been a lightning rod for partisan criticism. Gwen Ifill assesses Holder’s tenure with Tony West, the former associate attorney general, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a full-scale investigation of the Ferguson police department nearly one month after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. The probe, which Holder promised would be rigorous and “timely,” will be overseen by the department’s civil rights division. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff speaks with Robert Driscoll, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and Tracie Keesee, Center for Policing Equity, on what to expect from the Justice Department’s civil rights investigation of the Ferguson police department. Continue reading
Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with the family of Michael Brown, as well as other community members, and receive an update from the FBI on the federal civil rights investigation of the shooting. Officials hoped more subdued overnight protests mean the violence that has plagued the St. Louis suburb is beginning to subside. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan held off Sarah Palin-backed and 2010 Senate nominee Joe Miller in the Alaska Republican Senate primary, earning the right to take on Democratic incumbent Mark Begich this fall. With the Alaska results, the stage is now set for the fall’s most hotly contested races that will decide control of the Senate. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised the family of an unarmed black teenager shot by police in Missouri a full, independent civil rights investigation of his death. Holder’s promise came in a telephone call with the family … Continue reading
Attorney General Eric Holder told PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill on Thursday that he’s worried about the criminal justice system relying on so-called big data, in some states, for its drug sentencing. States should, the attorney general said, base a sentence on a person’s conduct and not on factors such as education level, neighborhood background, among others as a predictor to determine a person’s likelihood to repeat a crime. Continue reading