Patt Morrison for October 29, 2009

New civil rights czar at U.S. Department of Justice

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In an effort to reshape the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney General Holder nominated and this month the Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as assistant attorney general. Perez faces criticism of his department as being politicized, as he and Eric Holder work to roll back controversial actions by the Bush administration and push for a return to a basic approach to civil rights issues. Also on the table are greater financing for indigent defense, elimination of sentencing disparity between crack and power cocaine crimes and passage of the federal hate crimes law, which was signed by President Obama yesterday.

In an effort to reshape the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney General Holder nominated and this month the Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as assistant attorney general. Perez faces criticism of his department as being politicized, as he and Eric Holder work to roll back controversial actions by the Bush administration and push for a return to a basic approach to civil rights issues. Also on the table are greater financing for indigent defense, elimination of sentencing disparity between crack and power cocaine crimes and passage of the federal hate crimes law, which was signed by President Obama yesterday.

Guests:

Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice


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