US Attorney Melinda Haag Has Got to Go

Melinda Haag has turned out to be the most reactionary US attorney in Northern California in a long time. Her wrong-headed crackdown on medical cannabis; her complete disregard for the voters of California; and her decision to order a massive federal raid on Oaksterdam and the respected businesses and properties of Richard Lee in Oakland on Monday are totally out of bounds. Lee’s legitimate businesses are a model in Oakland: They pay their taxes, they operate cleanly and safely, and they’ve helped lead the sweeping revitalization of Oakland’s once-barren Uptown district. Indeed, Haag’s decision to target Lee was so uncalled for — it proves she’s not fit for office. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder should replace her.

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