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Wisconsin judge orders Walker to call special elections (UPDATE)

Wisconsin judge is holding a hearing on Thursday to consider whether to order Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections to fill two legislative seats vacated by his fellow Republicans in a fight sparked by a national Democratic group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Holder argues for success of drug sentencing policies

Federal prosecutors are changing the way drug defendants are charged and punished, Attorney General Eric Holder said this week, unveiling statistics that show sentences are increasingly being based less on rigid formulas and more on the circumstances of each crime.

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Holder resigning as attorney general

Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first black attorney general.

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Willing to work for free? Try the feds

When job announcements have trickled out from offices of the United States Attorney around the country in recent months, they have often included listings for “special” assistant U.S. attorneys.

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Holder applies same-sex marriage ruling to Justice

In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

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US judge blasts DOJ over drug sentence disparities

A federal judge in Iowa has sharply criticized the U.S. Department of Justice for creating massive drug sentencing disparities by failing to have a policy, until recently, advising prosecutors on when to double the prison time for repeat offenders.

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Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder called Monday for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

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