Norfolk, VA-MARCH 12, 2015-Former practicing lawyer and now minister – Bishop E.W. Jackson – alleges that Eric Holder engaged in Attorney misconduct in remarks made while the Michael Brown case was being investigated by the grand jury. Jackson points to the following statement:
“I understand that mistrust [of the police]. I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man.”
Says Jackson, “Before the matter was fully investigated and decided by the grand jury, Holder was implying racial motivations on the part of Officer Wilson.”
Jackson argues that prejudicial statements by any lawyer during an adjudication are inappropriate, but especially for the Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor of the United States. He further says that the AG’s report on Ferguson shows the same bias and alleges that Holder is in part responsible for the atmosphere that is leading to attacks on police officers.
Jackson argues, “He has expressed no empathy with Officer Darren Wilson who has lost his job, had his name dragged through the mud and his life threatened. Nor has he condemned the rioting, looting, violence and attacks on police. Indeed, he justified this criminal activity as the inevitable result of police misconduct and the lack of trust between the Ferguson Police Department and its black citizens.”
“…it is not difficult to imagine,” said Holder, “how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg…[it is] attributable to numerous constitutional violations by their law enforcement officials…”
Jackson believes that Holder’s prejudicial behavior is a violation of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, Sections 3.6 and 3.8, which prohibit lawyers from making public statements which could prejudice a proceeding or heighten condemnation of an accused. He will file the attached complaint against Mr. Holder with the Bar Counsel of Washington, DC. today.