Attorney General Eric Holder’s Mixed Scorecard


With Loretta E. Lynch sworn in as the new attorney general, we can look back at the legacy of Eric H. Holder Jr., who had the third-longest term in that office in American history. In the area of white-collar crime, the reaction to his leadership of the Justice Department has been mixed, with questions raised about whether too much emphasis was put on penalizing organizations at the expense of pursuing cases against individuals.

Any assessment of Mr. Holder’s tenure begins — and for many probably ends — with the response to the financial crisis. When he took charge of the Justice Department in early 2009, the full effects of the crisis were hitting the economy and hundreds of billions of dollars in bailouts were being funneled to leading financial institutions…

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Mixed Scorecard

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