Eric Holder on Crime
There's a posturing aspect of Holder's decision. Since 1988, there have only been three executions for federal claims, despite the government asking for the death penalty in nearly 800 cases. Seeking the death penalty also increases the government's leverage to get the defense team to agree to a guilty verdict in return for life without parole.
In attempting to understand why federal charges were not brought against the police officers in this case, the authors sent a e-mail to Eric Holder, the deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, who had announced the Department of Justice's decision not to do so. On July 6, 2005, Judge Holder replied by e-mail, stating, "I suggest you contact the folks who made the initial decision and who are closer to the case--the prosecutors in Manhattan."
Considering the refusal of the above-mentioned officials to comment on the issue, one can understand Saikou Diallo's frustration at not being able to achieve justice for his late son.
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