Politics: Eric Holder, A Felon’s Best Friend?

AG Eric Holder

AG Eric Holder

Wants to Lift Ban on Felons Voting

Holder, US Attorney General (AG), is out speechifying to allow convicted felons the right to vote, casting it as a civil rights issue.

Things must be slow at Justice.

The NYT points out that Holder has no say in the matter as states decide voter eligibility.

If justice were truly served, Holder would be a felon himself and thus a non-voter for his infamous role in the Marc Rich Affair.

Rich, a billionaire charged with wire fraud, trading with the enemy and tax evasion became a fugitive from justice in 1983 when he was indicted. He took up residence in Switzerland.

Very Rich Rich

Very Rich Rich

He spent money freely on winning a pardon including hiring Jack Quinn, a former White House Counsel who lobbied Eric Holder.  Holder was then a Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration. Time magazine once reported that Quinn went straight to Clinton with the request.

Holder was able to do an "end run" around the Justice Department's system for handling pardons, keeping his own staff in the dark, reason enough to suspect his motives.  Slate's Justin Peters also points out that Quinn was uber-tight with Al Gore who was running for US prez and that Holder was hopeful of being AG in a Gore administration.

According to Peters, another US Attorney, Roger Adams, would have to sign the pardon, as well.  Adams received a call about the pardon in the middle of the night on January 20, just hours before Clinton would leave office.

The American Thinker reports that Adams was "stunned to learn" that Rich was a fugitive. Still, the pardon was signed.

(Let's pause here briefly and pay homage to James Comey, Obama's new pick for FBI Director.  In 2004 when John Ashcroft, then AG, was in intensive care, Bush's White House Counsel and Chief-of-Staff dropped in during the night to try to get him to sign an extension of Bush's domestic surveillance program which had been found to be illegal.  Comey was tipped off on the impending visit and made it there just in time to brief Ashcroft, who was barely able to lift his head to say no. James Comey evidenced integrity when the going was tough, standing up to the White House.)

Ironically, the NYT reports that felons tend to vote democratic and that 10% of Florida residents are felons.  Since the 2000 election was decided in Florida, had felons been voting, perhaps Holder would have been AG a wee bit sooner.

One last thing, we are expected to believe Bill Clinton when he says that Marc Rich's $450,000 gift to his presidential library paid no role in his decision.

Surely America's ballot-deprived felons deserve a better advocate than Eric Holder though it must be admitted that he sure took care of Marc Rich.

 

(Sources: WAPO, NYT, Slate, Time, Wiki)

2 Comments

  • Mark says:

    So is this about felons or voters that don't vote conservative?

    • Eric Lamar says:

      Neither, I think.

      It’s about the fact that rich people use their high-powered connections to subvert justice.

      As far as felons voting, here’s a perfectly commensense approach form the article:

      “In Iowa, felons can apply to the governor to restore their voting rights if they can prove they have paid their fines and court costs.”

      Thanks for writing.

      Eric

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Glenn
Some Kimchi Blow Back
I have been contemplating our response to a N. Korean movie maker producing a comedy based movie with a story line about the assassination of our President. I can’t believe that we would hack into their government IT systems. Of wait, we already do that. Never mind.
2014-12-19 14:37:11
Eric Lamar
Some Kimchi Blow Back
S- Nail on the head. Imagine if Iran made a film, comedy or otherwise, about the assassination of Obama. The S@#t would hit the fan. But, somehow, it's OK if we do it. E
2014-12-18 22:54:39
Victoria Huckenpahler
Some Kimchi Blow Back
What's most disturbing about this is that, however great or little their involvement, North Korea has won a cyber-war. This does not bode well for the future, not only for our relations with N. Korea, but with other terrorist states. I agree it was foolhardy to invite the inevitable by making this film.
2014-12-18 22:33:08
Mike
Some Kimchi Blow Back
Well done Mr Kim! I hope the movie is as funny as all the drama it cause. I guess we will just have to wait for it to make its way to the $5 table at Walmart to see it. That were is get to see most movies anyway.
2014-12-18 22:24:23
Smitty
Some Kimchi Blow Back
That's right, Eric. It was the studio who decided they would lose too much money if they distributed the film and nobody came to see it. Besides, you're right on point about a film that never should have been made. Do we ever ask ourselves how we'd feel if the tables were turned?
2014-12-18 21:31:09
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