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Loretta Lynch Becomes First African-American Woman AG
Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the country's first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history. A two-time U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch has earned a reputation as a highly qualified, but low-profile prosecutor who has a good relationship with law enforcement and a history of handling tough cases well. She is a good listener and a skilled consensus builder, qualities that will help her succeed at the Department of Justice. Lynch's experience on civil rights cases, like helping win the convictions of New York City police officers who sexually assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, will be important as her office tackles closely watched investigations in recent police conduct cases.