To President Barack Obama’s credit, he is planning to make yet another historic appointment within his administration. Loretta Lynch is a former US attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She is set to be the replacement for AG Eric Holder when he steps down at the end of the year. Everyone is excited about the move, but no one really knows much about her.
She has done big things, but has not maintained a big profile. So, the workhorse of an attorney is likely going to bring this same attitude with her when she joins the Attorney General’s Office very soon. Lynch has a history of working hard on police brutality cases, which hopefully means she also understands the importance of attacking issues related to the incarceration of African Americans. The Obama Administration has been criticized for dragging its feet on the incarceration issue, so this might be the president’s chance to go out with a bang.
TheRoot.com has published a few things you should know about AG Lynch:
1. She has brains and experience.
Lynch, who was born and raised in Greensboro, N.C., received her bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard. Before becoming the lead prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, she first came to the district’s office in 1990 as a staff attorney, where she prosecuted drug and violent crime cases.
2. She supervised one of the most infamous cases of police brutality.
As the chief assistant U.S. attorney, Lynch oversaw the successful prosecution of white New York City police Officer Justin Volpe for sodomizing Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in 1997. Much like the Rodney King beating case, the Louima case made national headlines and became a symbol of police brutality.