Federal judge slams Holder for ‘unprecedented instruction’ he had ‘no authority to establish’

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies about his FY2015 budget request at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A federal judge criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for directing prosecutors to pursue shorter prison sentences for drug crimes before new guidelines for sentencing had been approved.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved the reduced sentences for federal drug trafficking offenses on Thursday. Holder endorsed the move last month, and the Justice Department instructed prosecutors not to object if defendants sought the newly-proposed guidelines during sentencing.

The Justice Department’s eagerness to apply more lenient sentencing before it had been approved through the appropriate channels frustrated commission member Judge William H. Pryor Jr., despite his support for the reform.

“I regret that, before we voted on the amendment, the Attorney General instructed Assistant United States Attorneys across the Nation not to object to defense requests to apply the proposed amendment in sentencing proceedings going forward,” he said Thursday.

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2 Responses to Federal judge slams Holder for ‘unprecedented instruction’ he had ‘no authority to establish’

  1. upaces88 says:

    He and Obama both think they can get away with anything! Thank God, at least one judge stood up for what is the law!


  2. a12iggymom says:

    Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.


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