TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 11, 2017
In a rollback of Obama-era policies, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to toughen rules on prosecuting drug crimes, the New York Times reports. Sessions has been reviewing memos issued by former AG Eric Holder, who favored prosecutors using their discretion in what criminal charges are filed, particularly when those charges carried mandatory minimums. Sessions could return the Justice Department to George W. Bush-era mandates issued by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft. Those orders called for the nation’s prosecutors to bring the most serious charges possible in the majority of cases.