A statue was dedicated in Charleston Friday in honor of late Judge Waties Waring. Considered an icon of the civil rights movement, Waring was the first federal judge to write an opinion challenging the separate but equal policy. On hand for the ceremony was U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Also attending the ceremony was S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal and former governor and U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.
While in the port city, Holder visited a graduation ceremony for a highly successful drug program in Charleston. The visit to the ceremony comes a day after the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to reduce federal sentencing guidelines for low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Holder has been a big proponent of the lowered sentences. In his remarks, Holder addressed how the Bridge program in Charleston aligns with the Justice Department’s “Smart on Crime” program focusing on treatment and prevention as an alternative to jail time.