National Law Enforcement Groups Back Holder Nomination

WASHINGTON – A wide range of national law enforcement organizations have endorsed Eric Holder’s nomination to be the next Attorney General of the United States, urging the Senate to confirm Holder to the nation’s top law enforcement post.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday released nearly a dozen additional letters endorsing the nomination, including letters from the National Sheriffs’ Association and National Troopers Association.  Leahy also released letters in support of Holder’s nomination from the National Narcotics Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys and the United States Conference of Mayors.

On Dec. 22, Leahy previously released letters from more than 50 law enforcement, crime victims and civil rights organizations, and former Republican officials.  The letters are available online.

A strong endorsement from the National Sheriffs’ Association highlights Holder’s “outstanding record of public service in his role as a federal prosecutor, a trial judge, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Justice.”  The Association expressed its “strong support for the nomination of Eric Holder to be the Attorney General of the United States.  We urge you to confirm his nomination without delay.”

The National Troopers Coalition also urged Holder’s “speedy confirmation to the office of Attorney General.”  The endorsement says “Attorney General nominee Holder presents a distinguished career as a prosecutor, Superior Court Justice and Deputy Attorney General.  This unmatched experience will prove to be invaluable in directing our law enforcement efforts at this difficult time in history.”

Other organizations joining the growing list of groups supporting Holder’s nomination include the National Bar Association, National Black Prosecutors Association, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Motorola and Asa Hutchinson, a former U.S. attorney, Republican member of Congress and Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The support across the spectrum of law enforcement organizations, including those from our rural areas, demonstrates the recognition that we need new leadership at the Justice Department without delay,” said Leahy.

Holder’s nomination will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 15, 2009, at 9:30 a.m.  On Dec. 1, President-elect Obama announced his intent to nominate Holder, a former Deputy Attorney General, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and a former judge for the D.C. Superior Court appointed by President Reagan.  Holder’s completed Committee questionnaire and supplemental materials submitted on Dec. 19 are available online.  The hearing will be webcast live on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website

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