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Federal government will recognize Utah same-sex marriages even if state won’t

The Obama administration announced on Friday that the U.S. federal government will recognize the marriages of the 1,300 same-sex couples who were married in Utah since December, even if the state will not. The New York Times reported that Attorney General Eric Holder released a video on Friday declaring that…

Democratic Rep: Ohio Republicans actively trying to ‘suppress the voting rights of African-Americans’

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge (D) has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to review two new proposed voting laws in the state on the grounds that they are unfairly aimed at suppressing the votes of African-Americans. According to Cleveland.com, Fudge contends that Ohio state Senate Bill 238 and House Bill 260…

Holder: Restrictive North Carolina voting law ‘an intentional attempt to break a system that was working’

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department will be filing suit against the State of North Carolina for its highly restrictive new voting regulations. These regulations have been harshly criticized by many in North Carolina. “It is an outright attempt to manipulate voting and the result of…

White House grants veterans’ benefits to same-sex couples

The Justice Department said on Wednesday it would no longer enforce the federal ban on veterans’ benefits for members of same-sex couples, the Huffington Post reported. Attorney General Eric Holder explained in a letter to lawmakers that his department had opted not to enforce Title 38, as the rule is…

Sen. Patrick Leahy calls on Eric Holder to testify about federal marijuana policy

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will hold a hearing on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws next month, and he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder will be there to testify. “It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the…

Prison reform advocates: ‘The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed’

Sentencing reform in the criminal justice system emerged as a major theme from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, an issue highlighted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposals to review and alter the sentencing process for drug convictions. Panelists discussed the proposals and the conditions leading…

Sentencing Commission votes unanimously to begin review of prison terms for drug dealers

The US Sentencing Commission has voted unanimously to begin a sweeping review of federal sentences for drug dealers in a move that could herald long-awaited reductions in America’s prison population. Just days after attorney general Eric Holder called for a new approach to the so-called “war on drugs”, the commission…

U.S. Sentencing Commission expected to recommend lower sentences for drug dealing

Prison terms for all federal drug dealing offences could be cut under a sweeping sentencing review expected to be announced on Thursday that may go much further than the tentative steps toward ending America’s “war on drugs”, begun this week by attorney general Eric Holder. The US Sentencing Commission, the…

Full video: Eric Holder announces drug sentencing reforms

In remarks to the American Bar Association in San Francisco on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder called for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. He warned that mandatory minimum sentences had flooded courts and prisons with low-level drug offenders. Watch his remarks, uploaded to YouTube by PBS Newshour,…

Senator Rand Paul ‘encouraged’ by Eric Holder’s proposed drug sentencing reform

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on Monday expressed support for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s call to reform drug sentencing policies. “I am encouraged that the President and Attorney General agree with me that mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders promote injustice and do not serve public…

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