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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.
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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.

Holder urges states to restore voting rights to released felons

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- States should roll back laws that permanently disenfranchise released felons, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Justice Dept.: Holder has no plans to step down this year

Justice Dept.: Holder has no plans to step down this year

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder does not intend to step down this year, the Justice Department said, denying a New Yorker magazine report.
Legality of DOJ's $13B settlement with JP Morgan challenged in court

Legality of DOJ's $13B settlement with JP Morgan challenged in court

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Non-profit Better Markets questions legality of the Justice Department's $13 billion settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Ananth Baliga
GOP lawmaker says Obama ignoring Congress

GOP lawmaker says Obama ignoring Congress

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- President Obama still needs to scuttle his healthcare reform plan and come up with a new one acceptable to Republicans, a GOP lawmaker said Sunday.

Obama to name Navy's cyberwarfare chief to run NSA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy vice admiral named to lead the National Security Agency will balance "security, privacy and liberty," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
U.S. to seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

U.S. to seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Hold announced Thursday prosecutors will seek the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks to the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington on January 22, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
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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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