• Leahy lauds Holder on sentences
    August 13,2013

    MONTPELIER — Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says he’s pleased that Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for a review of mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes.

    The comments from the Vermont Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee came after Holder delivered a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco in which he called for scaling back mandatory minimum sentences.

    Leahy said he thinks long sentences are appropriate in some cases, but he sees reliance on mandatory minimum sentences as a mistake. He said he wants to see judges given more flexibility.

    And Leahy said he’ll hold a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee next month on the issue.

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