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House panel moves forward with Lois Lerner contempt

House panel moves forward with Lois Lerner contempt

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- The House Ways and Means Committee voted to formally ask the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for "extreme bias" in the IRS targeting scandal.
Gabrielle Levy
Eric Holder: U.S. investigating high-speed trading

Eric Holder: U.S. investigating high-speed trading

WASHINGTON, April 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department is investigating high-frequency trading at Wall Street and financial firms, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers Friday.
Ananth Baliga
Toyota's $1.2B mea culpa, GM in damage control mode

Toyota's $1.2B mea culpa, GM in damage control mode

A gut-wrenching 9-1-1 call from an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer with three family members pleading for help in their runaway Lexus made headlines in August 2009.
AL SWANSON, UPI Auto Writer

Reid: CIA appears to have been snooping on Senate investigation

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has asked the sergeant at arms to determine if the CIA snooped on an Intelligence Committee investigation.

Justice Dept. is reviewing CIA spying allegations, Holder says

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- Allegations made by the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee against each other are under review, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.
Toyota to pay $1.2B in penalties to settle U.S. criminal investigation

Toyota to pay $1.2B in penalties to settle U.S. criminal investigation

WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) -- Toyota Motor Corp. will pay $1.2 billion to settle a criminal probe of how it handled unintended acceleration in its vehicles, the U.S. Justice Department said.
Eric Holder backs plan for reduced drug sentences

Eric Holder backs plan for reduced drug sentences

March 13 (UPI) -- Attorney General Eric Holder said he supports a plan to reduce sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
Gabrielle Levy
Holder backs plan to reduce sentences for minor drug offenses

Holder backs plan to reduce sentences for minor drug offenses

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- Attorney General Eric Holder backed shorter sentences for low-level drug offenses Thursday in testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Kentucky seeks delay to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

Kentucky seeks delay to recognize out-of-state gay marriages

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered Kentucky to begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states, even as the state asked for a stay on the ruling.
Gabrielle Levy
Attorney General Eric Holder released from Washington hospital

Attorney General Eric Holder released from Washington hospital

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Attorney General Eric Holder left a Washington hospital Thursday after being checked out for faintness and shortness of breath, a Justice official said.
Eric Holder taken to hospital with shortness of breath

Eric Holder taken to hospital with shortness of breath

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital for evaluation Thursday morning after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath
Gabrielle Levy
Eric Holder: State attorneys general don't have to enforce discriminatory laws

Eric Holder: State attorneys general don't have to enforce discriminatory laws

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Eric Holder gave an out to his state counterparts whose states have passed bans on gay marriage, saying they are not obligated to defend discriminatory laws.
Gabrielle Levy
Black pastors coalition wants Holder impeached over gay marriage issue

Black pastors coalition wants Holder impeached over gay marriage issue

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A group of African-American pastors called Tuesday for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's impeachment for favoring gay marriage laws.
Surprise: high school seniors expected to smoke more pot now that it's legal

Surprise: high school seniors expected to smoke more pot now that it's legal

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Researchers say pot use by high school seniors will likely follow legalization efforts.
Brooks Hays

U.S. attorney general seeks legislation to blunt cyberattacks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asked Congress Monday to create a national standard to quickly notify Americans whose sensitive data may have been hacked.
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Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. (born January 21, 1951) is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first African American to hold the position, serving under President Barack Obama.

Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, a United States Attorney, Deputy Attorney General of the United States and worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He was senior legal advisor to then-Senator Barack Obama during Obama's presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama's vice-presidential selection committee.

Eric H. Holder, Jr. was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents with roots in Barbados. Holder's father, Eric Himpton Holder, Sr. (1905–1970) was born in Saint Joseph, Barbados and arrived in the United States at the age of 11. He later became a real estate broker. His mother, Miriam, was born in New Jersey, while his maternal grandparents were immigrants from Saint Philip, Barbados. Holder grew up in East Elmhurst, Queens, and attended public school until the age of 10. When entering the 4th grade he was selected to participate in a program for intellectually-gifted students. In 1969, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and attended Columbia University, where he played freshman basketball and was co-captain of his team. He earned a A.B. degree in American history in 1973. Holder received his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, graduating in 1976. He worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during his first summer and the United States Attorney during his second summer.

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