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Who is Loretta Lynch and why is she going to replace Eric Holder?

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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Who is Loretta Lynch and why is she going to replace Eric Holder?

  1. DJ

    She will need support to be nominated. Mitch McConnell has already signaled a fight from Republicans even though they have jointly nominated her for two lower-court positions with no real push back. From all indicators, this women will continue the Civil Rights work began by Eric Holder. We will need to reach out to our Congressmen and women and senators, to let them know that her appointment is important to us, and that they need to fight. We also need to start or support any petition that comes around asking you to support her. We need to draw a line in the sand and say, “Hey Republicans and Democrats, this appointment matters and do not take “No” for an answer. We tell our people to work hard to become something. The road is never easy, but when they work hard and achieve those accomplishments, they are often left standing alone, which is so destructive. Let’s support this women. Read her bio. She is smart, experienced, educated properly, and prepared. She is reported to work well with diverse people and is just a plain hard worker. She would be excellent for the post. Read her bio. If you like it, support Loretta Lynch today!! Get active now.

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