Judges Accuse Atty General Holder of Disrespecting the Judicial System

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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But as Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse already pointed out, Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t follow the law, he advocates a certain point of view.

His own.

Like Obama, Holder makes up his own laws as he goes along, abusing power by acting like a tyrant.

The United States Sentencing Commission Thursday unanimously approved an amendment to revise sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenders, but not before one commissioner accused Attorney General Eric Holder of having “disrespected” the judicial branch’s role in sentencing 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,” Judge William Pryor, Jr. said at a public hearing in Washington. “That unprecedented instruction disrespected our statutory role, ‘as an independent commission in the judicial branch,’ to establish sentencing policies and practices under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984.”

In August, Holder revealed his “Smart on Crime” initiative, which includes recommendations for reduced sentencing, without consulting with the Sentencing Commission—an independent agency within the judicial branch tasked with setting such policies. Although the sentencing reforms themselves were not controversial, Holder’s cavalier approach to separation of powers, including a March memo in which he “instructed the Assistant United States Attorneys across the Nation not to object to defense requests to apply the proposed amendment in sentencing proceedings going forward,” irritated commissioners and alarmed supporters of constitutional separation of powers.

Chief Judge Ricardo Hinojosa concurred with Pryor that Holder is setting a “dangerous precedent.”

But the left isn’t thinking in terms of precedents, except for itself, it is acting as if it will always be in power so it can trash all the safeguards against abuses of power.

William G. Otis a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, said in a statement. “One way to consider this question is to ask whether, if the Attorney General ordered prosecutors to seek increased sentences that were, at the time, only preliminary, those applauding Mr. Holder’s actions would be as enthusiastic as they are today.”

They wouldn’t obviously, but with the exception of a few men like Turley, the question doesn’t even occur to them. Their use of power is inherently good. Anyone else’s use of power is inherently bad.

They don’t care about the law. They care about winning.

  • Alfie

    Holder wants to run this country the way Haiti is run.

  • Jim

    Heil Holder! Heill Obama!

  • DogmaelJones1

    Hey, all you “buddies”: You don’t want “to go there.” As Attorney General of the United States, I can do as i wish and say what I wish. The law is immaterial. Deal with it. Any comparisons of me with Hitler are “racist.”

  • http://tinatrent.com/ Tina Trent

    Unfortunately, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are promoting this legislation, which cuts in half the hard-fought-for minimum mandatories of 20 years for “drug crime resulting in death or serious bodily injury.” In other words the most serious violent offenses will not lead to significant sentences. Again.

    There’s a lot of misinformation about this sentence restructuring. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) lays some of them out. You need to be moving massive quantities of drugs to get the types of sentences the media complains about. But with many on the Right marching to Holder’s tune, including prominent figures like Gingrich and Conrad Black, there has been little push-back. We’ll just have to start over again when the body count grows.

  • CaoMoo

    Never abuse power or dismantle safeguards that you don’t want to be used against you. Of course if you’re of the live for the day mindset like so many seem to be it never occurs to you.