Eric Holder http://kunc.org en U.S. Won't Enforce Laws Banning VA Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kunc.org/post/us-wont-enforce-laws-banning-va-benefits-same-sex-couples The Obama administration will stop enforcing two sections of a law that lays out benefits for U.S. veterans. The sections define marriage as between a man and woman and deny legally married same-sex couples Veterans Affairs benefits like health care and disability payments.<p>The Justice Department had in 2012 decided not to defend the statute in court. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:16:00 +0000 49195 at http://kunc.org Federal Prosecutors Told Not To Focus On Marijuana Users http://kunc.org/post/federal-prosecutors-told-not-focus-marijuana-users Federal prosecutors are being told by Attorney General Eric Holder to focus on cartels, criminal enterprises and those who sell the drug to children, not on casual marijuana users, a Justice Department official tells NPR's Carrie Johnson.<p>Holder today informed the governors of Washington and Colorado — two states that recently legalized the sale of marijuana for personal use — about the new guidelines for prosecutors, the official adds.<p>Bu the new guidelines will apply to all states, not just Washington, Colorado and those where "medical marijuana" is legal.<p>"Based on assurances that tho Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:31:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 48972 at http://kunc.org Federal Prosecutors Told Not To Focus On Marijuana Users Holder Decries 'Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentences' http://kunc.org/post/holder-decries-draconian-mandatory-minimum-sentences <em>(We put a new top on this post at 1:40 p.m. ET.)</em><p>Arguing that it is "well past time to address persistent needs and unwarranted disparities," Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday laid out more of the Obama administration's thinking on changes it wants to make to the way nonviolent offenders are prosecuted and how they are punished.<p>"Our system is in too many ways broken," Holder told the American Bar Association at its annual meeting in San Francisco. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 48239 at http://kunc.org Holder Decries 'Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentences' With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum http://kunc.org/post/holder-lead-sentencing-reform-gains-momentum Sit down with the attorney general to ask him about his priorities, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/15/184132954/attorney-general-holder-called-to-capitol-hill-to-answer-questions-on-controvers">as NPR did earlier this year</a>, and he'll talk about voting rights and national security. But if you listen a bit longer, Eric Holder gets to this: "I think there are too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons."<p>This is the nation's top law enforcement officer calling for a sea change in the criminal justice system. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:22:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 48034 at http://kunc.org With Holder In The Lead, Sentencing Reform Gains Momentum Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia http://kunc.org/post/snowden-wouldnt-face-death-penalty-holder-tells-russia "The United States would not seek the death penalty for Mr. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:37:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 47567 at http://kunc.org Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia