Stan Pottinger served as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in the second Nixon Administration and the Ford Administration. Cases he handled included reopening the Kent State shootings case; the 1973 armed conflict at Wounded Knee; the Richard Helms CIA case; the FBI’s COINTELPRO program; the indictment of Mark Felt in connection with break-ins of Weather Underground in New York; and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Before going to the Justice Department, he served as Director of the Office for Civil Rights at HEW where he was in charge of the federal government’s school desegregation programs and its enforcement of affirmative action in colleges and universities. He has argued four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pottinger is The New York Times best-selling author of four novels and the former host Plum TV’s "Beyond Politics." Pottinger graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.