REWRITING HISTORY: Holder builds legacy on civil rights after rocky times at Justice

Attorney General Eric Holder has been building an enduring legacy on civil rights, aggressively pursuing cases and action even as Congress or the courts appeared to stand in the way.

After some early setbacks, Holder appears to have gotten a second wind in his pursuit of issues that have been a priority since he was appointed to the post.

His announcement Monday of reforms to sentencing for drug offenses – which proponents say would help to even out disproportionate incarceration rates in minority and poor communities – is the latest in a string of Holder’s actions to bolster the department’s involvement in civil rights issues, from employment and housing to marriage and the ballot box.


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