U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines in August when he announced wholesale changes in how federal prosecutors will handle low-level drug offenses; particularly those involving possession and small-time dealers. The rationale behind the change was that the past approach was not working in terms of deterring potential offenders, and had only resulted in increasing prison costs while destroying communities.
In April, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. The arrest, while surprising and painfully ironic, was not the only thing that made headlines. Her actions during the stop and after she was taken into custody have contributed to what has become a political (and legal) firestorm.