For Eric Holder, There's No Escaping the Heat

, The National Law Journal


Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. defended himself Thursday amid growing criticism and calls for his resignation, saying on Capitol Hill that he has done a "good job" and would remain the nation's top law enforcement officer until he has accomplished his goals.

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  • Pancho

    If only Holder got some heat for retaining Harley Lappin as Director of the Bureau of Prisons for over two years (until he got a DUI and took his long reserved job as Vice President for Corrections Corporation of America), then replacing him with an insider, Charles Samuels, who had been recently promoted by Lappin.

    He also could stand some scrutiny for retaining Stacia Hylton as the head of the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee, then bringing her back from her job with the for-profit prison industry to run the US Marshals Service. To add insult to injury, he put the OFDT back under her control instead of retaining its allegedly independent status in the DOJ.

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