Obama Picks First Black Attorney General
US president-elect Barack Obama has named longtime lawyer Eric Holder to be attorney general, which if confirmed would make him the first African-American ever to hold the post, US media said. Holder, who served as deputy attorney general under former president Bill Clinton, has accepted Obama’s invitation to head the Justice Department, Newsweek magazine said, citing legal sources close to the presidential transition. Obama’s transition team did not immediately comment on the report, which was later confirmed by NBC news. “Obama offered Holder the job and he accepted,” Newsweek said, adding that “the announcement is not likely until after Obama announces his choices to lead the Treasury and State departments.” (Continue Reading…)

Alan Keyes Now Suing to Prove Obama’s Citizenship
A former opponent of Barack Obama’s has come back to haunt him over questions regarding Obama’s citizenship. According to a press release from the American Independent Party, former presidential candidate Alan Keyes and other members of the party have filed suit in California Superior Court in Sacramento to stop the state from giving its electoral votes to President-elect Barack Obama until documentary evidence is provided to prove Obama is indeed a natural born citizen of the United States. A copy of the writ can be found here. Keyes also ran against Obama as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois in 2004. Obama won that election to serve his first and only term in the U.S. Senate. The Obama campaign countered similar accusations early in 2008 by posting Obama’s certification of live birth, and saying: “Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii in 1961, a native citizen of the United States of America.” (Continue Reading…)

Family of Sean Bell Meets with Federal Prosecutors
Family members of Sean Bell had their first ever meeting with federal prosecutors Tuesday. The meeting came almost two years after Bell died in a hail of 50 bullets outside the Queens nightclub Kalua, when undercover cops fired at Bell and his group, assuming they were armed. The officers who killed the unarmed father, set to get married the next day, were later cleared of state criminal charges. “Justice was never served in this case,” said family attorney Michael Hardy. “We still want justice for Sean.” The family has been pushing for the Justice department to bring civil rights charges against the officers. After their first meeting with federal prosecutors, the family now believes that it is possible. (Continue Reading…)

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