Obama Attorney General Eric Holder Leaves Behind An Outstanding Civil Rights Legacy

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Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning, but he is leaving behind a great record of fighting for justice for all Americans. Here is a look at some of Holder’s accomplishments as Attorney General.

According to ABC News, “At a formal announcement later today, the attorney general plans to express his personal gratitude to the President for the opportunity to serve in his administration and to lead the Justice Department, which he will call the ‘greatest honor of my professional life.’ He will note he has loved the Justice Department since, when he was a boy, he watched how, under Attorney General Kennedy, the Department played a leadership role in advancing the civil rights movement. During his tenure as Attorney General, Holder has had Attorney General Kennedy’s portrait in his conference room.”

Attorney General Holder has been suggesting in recent interviews that he may step down soon, so isn’t coming completely out of left field. Holder revitalized the Civil Rights Division that had been gutted under George W. Bush. Holder has an historic record of civil rights enforcement. His Justice Department has been a strong protector of voting rights, and has done battle with state level Republicans who for years have been trying to suppress the vote through extreme voter ID laws.

Holder has spoken honestly about racism in the United States. Because of his stance on civil rights and voting rights, Holder was a frequent target of the same racial animosity that Republicans throw at President Obama. House Republicans voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt based on nothing more than their widely debunked Fast and Furious conspiracy theory.

According to the Justice Department, here is Holder’s record on the prosecution of hate crimes:

The Department has investigated and prosecuted hate crimes under the landmark Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. In Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012, the Department convicted the most defendants on hate crimes charges in more than a decade. Since its passage in 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act has provided the Department with important tools to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. To date, the Department has trained thousands of federal and local law enforcement officials around the country to use the statute.

So far:

In the past four fiscal years (2009-2012), the Department has prosecuted 29 percent more hate crime cases than were prosecuted in the previous three fiscal years (2005-2008), and charged 78 percent more hate crime defendants.

The Department has brought 21 cases, charging 53 defendants. Of those 53 defendants, 40 have been convicted. The Department has prosecuted cases under the Shepard-Byrd Act in Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

In addition to using the Shepard-Byrd Act, the Department also continues to employ 18 U.S.C. §§ 245 (federally protected activities), 247 (obstruction of persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs/ damage to religious real property), and 42 U.S.C. § 3631 (criminal interference with right to fair housing) to prosecute hate crimes.

Attorney General Holder has also gone to court to protect the rights of the disabled and fight for environmental justice.

Eric Holder leaves behind an outstanding legacy as Attorney General. His departure is a reminder that President Obama’s time in office will soon be coming to an end.

24 Replies to “Obama Attorney General Eric Holder Leaves Behind An Outstanding Civil Rights Legacy”

  1. You know damned well that the crazy Reich Wing is going to be calling his resignation as a “Victory for Christian Conservative Values” or a victory for “All 2nd amendment Freedom and Liberty Loving Americans” I think he just got tired of all the insanity spewed forth by the Crazy Assed Reich Wing.

  2. I wished went after the ones who wrecked the economy, even if cost more $$$$. His fight against the Confederate Right who waged war on Voting Rights will earn him a spot in history.

    Fast and Furious made Issa “act a fool”, and the New Black Panther thing was nothing but a joke.

  3. I would hope that whoever the new AG will be will go after Wall Street, and start jailing the banksters. I would also like to see the new AG aggressively investigate and prosecute the militias, tea partiers, and House GOP for sedition.

  4. As much as I agree with you it wont happen. Remember everything the banksters did was within the law. You can blame Clinton, Bush or Reagan it doesn’t matter. It is what it is

  5. I hate to see him leave the position. He was great at his job, and, unlike all the other heads of the DOJ, Holder understood racism, how it impacts their lives, and had been the victim of racism.

    No doubt as we speak the RWNJ’S are playing their Lawrence Welk music while dancing to the Vienna Waltz, with a TV that has rabbit ears on Hee Haw, while drinking their Billy Bear, and moonshine!

  6. I hate to see him leave at a time when the Reichstagg might take over the congress. If that happens, Holder’s replacement would have to be way more conservative than they should be. The same if any of the SCOTUS got ill or unable to carry on.

  7. Poor old car thief in chief, Issa is having his rant, I thought he had gone quiet after his humiliation as chief interrogator, guess once an arsonist always an arsonist (of a different kind)

  8. Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell went to jail for his role in the Watergate Scandal. We all know how Republicans have no respect for the law.

    And Bush Sr. gave Presidential Pardons to 6 Reagan Cabinet officials to keep them out of jail for their roles in the Iran/Contra Scandal.

    Oh and Dick Cheney’s right hand man Scooter Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and needed Bush Jr’s act of Presidential Clemency to commute his sentence to stay out of jail.

    Hey anybody remember Alberto Gonzales? Bush’s embarrassment of an Attorney General.

  9. So proud of AG Holder and his accomplishments. If anyone says anything bad about him right now, I will want to bunch them in the face!

  10. I am really hoping all these comments are sarcasm. I lean right on some things and a little left on others. I don’t vilify someone just because they have an R or D beside their name. I believe those elected should at the least be given a fair chance to show what they have got. This guy did more damage to the credibility of the Democratic Party than anyone else (besides obama) in recent history.

  11. I would dispute that. Holder sided with the Greece, NY Town Council to prescribe sectarian prayers. What the hell kind of support is that for the First Amendment?

    I say good riddance. The White House is just as bad catering to religion. Obama insists on claiming that Islam is a religion of peace. That’s pure bunk & BS!

    No fundamentalist religion is for peace. Any fundamentalist will kill you if they have the power if you don’t ascribe to their religious opinions. Even John Calvin and Martin Luther said it was OK to kill heretics.

  12. Islam itself is a religion of peace. Just as christianity is. At its core.
    Neither is a fundamentalist religion. Until fundamentalists make it one.
    The whitehouse allows all religions in.

  13. ” Islam itself is a religion of peace. Just as christianity is “.

    Apparently you’ve never heard of the Crusades. They weren’t exactly peaceful.

  14. Apparently You didnt read what I wrote

    Both religions are designed to be peaceful. What men do with them isnt always peaceful.

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