Is Eric Holder Above the Law?

It’s one thing when a politician walks into town and declares that a defendant should go free because the law he is accused of breaking is wrong and should be repealed.  It’s completely different when the prosecutor shows up to the trial and makes that argument.

If I were Alberto Gonzalez, I would be pretty upset right now at what current Attorney General Eric Holder has been allowed to get away with.  Gonzalez was the one who was forced to resign after firing members of his staff, which is apparently only kosher if you are a Democrat.

Holder began by setting the bar low enough that he would never be fired for a minor offense such as letting go under-performing staff.  He also has already shown he knows how to play the race card, making him one of the new untouchables.

But isn’t it beyond the pale for the top attorney in our nation charged with prosecuting our laws to come out like a political candidate against our laws?  Isn’t it the job of an attorney to represent his clients according to the laws on the books?  In Holder’s case, he represents the people by prosecuting the laws of the United States that have been passed constitutionally by the houses of Congress and signed by the President of the United States.

What would you think if you were on the jury of a trial where the prosecutor began his case by denouncing the law that had been broken by the defendant as wrong and in need of being repealed?  Do you think the judge would even allow the trial to continue?  Certainly that prosecutor would be looking for work very soon.

That is essentially what Eric Holder did Friday night in a speech before  the University of Maine.  Maine is a state that is considering whether or not to make gay marriage a legal reality.  The law that Holder must uphold and prosecute until it is repealed by an act of Congress or the court system is the Defense of Marriage Act, signed by Democrat President Bill Clinton.  As of right now, it is still the law of the land.

But Holder decided to tell the students there that it was a bad law and should be repealed.  Isn’t that congress’ job?  If Holder wants to make political speeches, maybe he should run as a politician.  Making public what laws he likes and dislikes, as the Attorney General, based on his own personal opinion is a serious ethical violation.  If Gonzalez could be forced to resign for firing his underperforming staff, then shouldn’t Holder face consequences for betraying the public trust and voicing his personal feelings about the law he is responsible to uphold?

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