July 26, 2013 |
U.S. ATTORNEY General Eric Holder declared yesterday that he will ask a federal court in Texas to require the state to receive "preclearance" for any changes to election laws there. Holder was speaking in an "emergency town hall on voting rights and justice" at the National Urban League's annual conference here in Philadelphia. Holder said he was "deeply disappointed" in the U.S. Supreme Court's June 25 decision to strike down the preclearance requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act for nine Southern states, including Texas, along with parts of six other states with a history of discriminating against voters.
February 27, 2009 |
WHEN you call someone a coward, you'd better have your own house in order. Eric Holder seems to have forgotten that bit of wisdom. The attorney general has no problem accusing us the people of having a yellow streak when it comes to discussing race, but he's not exactly a profile in courage himself. After all, Gen. Holder rolled over like a pliant puppy when his old boss Bill Clinton ordered the pardons of fugitive Marc Rich, two members of the Weather Underground and a passel of Puerto Rican terrorists.
July 20, 2012 |
I JUST GOT my Pennsylvania driver's license last month. It's a long, sordid story, but suffice it to say that failing the test when you're 16 leaves permanent scars, particularly when the embarrassment is compounded by having worn your Roy Rogers cowgirl uniform to the driving range (I didn't have time to change after my afternoon shift.) Having that little piece of plastic hasn't erased the trauma of my 16th summer, but it's made it a lot easier to prove who I actually am, which is essential to life in an ordered and civilized society.
February 9, 1988 |
Common Pleas President Judge Edward J. Bradley yesterday defended city judges and demanded an apology from a U.S. prosecutor who "slurred" the Philadelphia judiciary. "There are over 100 sitting judges today who are honest, hard-working judges," Bradley said at a press conference in his City Hall office. "There has been no hint of wrongdoing on their part. " Bradley was seething over a comment made to reporters Friday by a Justice Department prosecutor that the corruption in the Philadelphia judiciary "starts at the top and goes all through the system . . . I would say the system stinks.
March 13, 2013 |
New word: doxxing , the practice of piecing together detailed personal information from initial stuff you glean from Internet-available sources - such as when you find an e-mail address, then burrow through that to find phone numbers, addresses, info on chat rooms. It's a form of stalking. Hacker(s?) on the website exposed.su have either doxxed or hacked directly into celebrity private info, publishing photos, credit reports, mortgage details, Social Security numbers, etc. And now, says the FBI, the louts are "using" the info.
September 4, 2009 |
THERE ARE trials, and show trials. Investigations, and witch hunts. Sometimes, it's difficult to tell the difference, but usually it all boils down to politics. The defendants at Nuremberg were people who epitomized the vile mentality of the Third Reich. Only the most die-hard Nazi could argue that politics, not justice, inspired that prosecution. But Stalin's assault on his enemies was the purest form of political homicide, a perversion of legal process akin to Ahmadinejad's current Iranian farce.
January 13, 2009 |
After Barack Obama takes the oath of office next week, citizens across the country will be watching to see if Washington can move past the bitter partisanship of the last eight years. Early signs do not look promising. Hearings on the nomination of Eric Holder, Obama's choice for attorney general, are scheduled to get under way this week. Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) already has given clear signals that they will be contentious and partisan. It goes without saying that the Justice Department needs a competent, independent leader.
February 6, 1988 |
The conviction of former Senior Common Pleas Judge Herbert R. Cain Jr. on extortion charges yesterday represents "an indictment of a (judicial) system" afflicted by "the worst" corruption he's ever seen, said the Justice Department official who prosecuted Cain. Philadelphia's court system, said Eric Holder, a trial attorney with the Public Integrity Section who is based in Washington, is gripped by "pervasive corruption. " "It is filled (with corruption) to a degree that I've never seen in 11 years with the Justice Department," said Holder, using the strongest language any official has used to describe the Philadelphia situation.
February 5, 1988 |
A federal court jury today convicted former Senior Common Pleas Judge Herbert R. Cain Jr. of one count of extortion, but acquitted him of a second extortion charge. The jury of eight men and four women, which deliberated for five hours and 45 minutes, found Cain, 71, guilty of accepting $1,500 from disbarred lawyer Barry H. Denker to fix an auto theft case in November 1986. Denker, who was cooperating with the FBI, secretly recorded a series of conversations he had with Cain in which the case-fixing was discussed.