Eric Holder Resigns
Eric Holder’s resignation http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/us/politics/eric-holder-resigning-as-attorney-general.html?_r=0 brings to a close his controversial tenure. From a criminal law standpoint his best accomplishment has been bringing a better sense of balance to America’s federal drug prosecutions and the punishment received by defendants convicted of violating federal drug laws. His successful prosecution of terrorism has been laudable as well. On the other hand, his seeming disregard for privacy issues and his theory that some Wall Street banks and other corporations are “to big to jail” are deeply troubling. Originally appointed by Ronald Reagan to a judgeship, promoted by Bill Clinton, and ultimately appointed by Obama to Attorney General, Eric Holder was a symbol of the Obama 2008 comment that America was neither “red state nor blue state” but “purple.” His tenure leaves a few accomplishments, but also many disappointments. Hence, in a broader prospective, he is a poster child for the Obama Administration generally.