Jan 29 2015

Loretta Lynch Begins Confirmation Hearings for the Attorney General Nomination

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GUEST: Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy.

President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, faced the first day of Senate Confirmation hearings yesterday. If she is confirmed, Lynch will replace Eric Holder, who announced his resignation last year, becoming the first African American woman to be US Attorney General.

Senators yesterday questioned Lynch about a variety of issues, including marijuana legalization, immigration, and the Fast and Furious program which Holder had come under fire for.

Lynch is a career prosecutor in New York whose most high-profile case involved the police abuse of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant, in New York in 1997. While she has spoken out about police accountability, she is pro-death penalty.

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GUEST: Michele Goodwin, Professor of Law and Chancellor’s Chair at the University of California, Irvine, and Founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She also is the founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy and President of the US Chapter of Defense for Children International.

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