Tales from the Trail

Attorney General orders more episodes of the “The Wire”, or a movie

May 31, 2011

Sometimes government officials draw fire for potentially overstepping their authority — but Attorney General Eric Holder will probably get some praise for ordering the writers of the critically-acclaimed television series HBO “The Wire” to come up with more episodes or a movie.

Attorney General Holder says he plans to stick around for a while

April 26, 2011

Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s attorney general, has been castigated by liberals and conservatives for his decisions about prosecuting terrorism suspects in criminal courts, defending a law that effectively bans gay marriages and then dropping it, and efforts to go after fraud in the financial markets that have resulted in few senior corporate executives going to jail.

Robert Kennedy hailed on 50th anniversary of becoming Attorney General

January 21, 2011

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(Updates with remarks by Kennedy’s daughter on gun control.)

Robert F. Kennedy, who made history as attorney general in the 1960s, was remembered as one of the Justice Department’s most effective leaders who fought for civil rights and created an enduring and inspiring legacy.

All smiles at the White House, for a moment anyway

August 3, 2010

Earlier today President Barack Obama signed a law about prison sentences for possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine and the photograph of the smiling group of people who supported the legislation gave us a brief pause.

Holder goes from war zone to the strike zone (hopefully)

July 2, 2010

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who just returned from Afghanistan, is making another trip — to a baseball game. GUANTANAMO/

Law & Order: SVU star stops by for chat with Attorney General

May 19, 2010

When Hollywood and Washington meet, the geeky government bureaucrat is usually the one in awe of the movie or television star.

Holder: collective administration decision on possible bin Laden trial

March 22, 2010

(UPDATED – adds Tuesday hearing delayed)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder drew a lot of attention last week when he told Congress that he believed that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden would never be captured alive and declined to say how he would be prosecuted if that hypothetical capture actually came to fruition.

Lawyers who worked on detainee issues now in Justice Dept. under scrutiny

March 19, 2010

(Updates to add comment.)

There has been a lot of attention lately on a small group of lawyers who were hired by the Obama administration’s Justice Department and previously worked on legal arguments for detainees seeking release from the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Attorney General Holder escapes DC snow for Florida, defends decisions

February 12, 2010

After the federal government closed for four days following two major blizzards, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder escaped to the warmer climes of Tampa, Florida, where he defended decisions on terrorism-related cases that have come under fire.