Before leaving office, the first African-American U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder, has ordered Brooklyn prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in the case of Lil’ Kim’s ex-fiance, Damion “World” Hardy.

Perhaps Holder knew more about Hardy than other prosecutors. Perhaps he knew that Hardy was raised by a single mother who birthed six children, Hardy being the youngest. Maybe someone informed the attorney general that Hardy’s mother labored tirelessly to send her children to Catholic schools, hoping for an education that may free her offspring from a life of impoverished misery. The children attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s alma mater) and Queen of All Saints, both located in Brooklyn.

In all probability, Holder was aware that the Hardy family lived in NYCHA housing, which is acronymically slated as “New York City’s Homes of Anarchy.” However, the Hardys’ anarchist community was actually called Lafayette Gardens.

Therefore, it is also conceivable that Holder learned that years before Hardy was a person of interest in any homicides, he had been shot in the head at point-blank range with a high caliber pistol.