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Senate Dem to oppose Mumia Abu Jamal-defender Obama appointee to run the Civil Rights Division
Hotair ^ | 03/03/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/03/2014 11:34:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Last year, Harry Reid invoked the nuclear option in the Senate in order to get Barack Obama’s appointees confirmed over Republican opposition. His latest appointee might be doomed anyway. Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) announced on Friday that he will oppose the confirmation of Debo Adegbile to run the Civil Rights Division at Justice on account of Adegbile’s activism for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal:

Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) said Friday he will vote against Senate confirmation of Debo Adegbile, an Obama administration nominee who has been criticized for his role in trying to overturn the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer.

Casey is believed to be the first Congressional Democrat to publicly oppose the nomination, which is set for a key procedural vote Monday.

Adegbile has been picked to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, but he has faced stiff opposition from Pennsylvania Republicans due to his role in the charged Abu-Jamal case. Adegbile, as part of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, supervised a team in 2009 that represented Abu-Jamal before the Supreme Court as he sought to have his death sentence overturned. …

Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) have vocally opposed Adegbile’s nominaton. So has District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat.

The procedural vote to proceed on Adegbile’s confirmation has been postponed due to inclement weather today in Washington DC, but could come up as soon as tomorrow. The widow of the police officer murdered by Abu-Jamal has started a petition to keep Adegbile from winning confirmation to the position:

Maureen Faulkner, whose husband, Daniel, was a Philadelphia police officer shot to death by black radical Mumia Abu-Jamalduring a traffic stop, has started a petition at asking senators to vote against President Obama’s nomination of attorney Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Adegbile, as a former head of the Legal Defense Fund for the NAACP, was one of Abu-Jamal’s top lawyers. In 2012, Jamal’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after a lengthy legal battle and three decades gushing, liberal attention.

Faulkner’s petition accuses Adegbile of benefiting from Abu-Jamal’s death-row-celebrity status.

“Attorneys working under Mr. Adegbile’s supervision have stood before rallies of Abu-Jamal supporters and openly professed that it was ‘an extreme honor’ to represent the man who put a hollow based bullet into Officer Faulkner’s brain as he lay on the ground wounded, unarmed, and defenseless,” the petition states.

The issue here is whether Adegbile was a lawyer representing a client or an activist on behalf of a murderer. Faulkner’s testimony makes it clear that his legal team seemed to think of themselves as the latter. Plus, the Abu-Jamal case wasn’t about civil rights at all, but a dispute over the death penalty and its application in this case — when states almost always apply it when available to the murder of law-enforcement officials.

The question in this case is whether Casey’s colleagues in the Senate will be swayed by united, bipartisan home-state opposition to a nominee from this White House. Normally, that would be enough to torpedo an appointment, forcing the White House to look elsewhere for a less-controversial choice. However, Harry Reid didn’t blow up the Senate just to lose a high-profile appointment, either. That puts Casey’s fellow Democrats in a big vise, and gives Republicans lots of ammunition to argue that Reid’s change was to enable confirmations of radicals rather than smooth the process for supportable nominees. If Democrats want to have that argument available to them, then perhaps they should line up behind Casey here and deny Adegbile a Justice platform for his activism.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nevada; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: bobcasey; deboadegbile; democrats; harryreid; maureenfaulkner; mikefitzpatrick; mumia; mumiaabujamal; nevada; obama; pattoomey; pennsylvania; robertcasey; senate; sethwilliams

1 posted on 03/03/2014 11:34:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 03/03/2014 11:39:20 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

Never mind what Barry says.. Watch what he DOES. His appointments speak VOLUMES.

3 posted on 03/03/2014 11:43:18 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

On the bright side 0bambi has POed every police dept. and LEO organization in the country and they won’t forget it.

4 posted on 03/03/2014 11:54:18 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

I would bet that the same can be said about most of the active duty military, at least the non-black, non-gay contingent.

5 posted on 03/03/2014 12:01:25 PM PST by matthew fuller (We desperately need a Commander in Chief, not a Coward in Chief.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Senate Rats don’t care. Heck, the Senate Pubbies don’t much care either. Maureen Faulkner is on her own on this.

6 posted on 03/03/2014 12:03:20 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: matthew fuller
Yes but for reasons other than this nominee for the DoJ CRD.
No doubt he's made enemies all over the place.
7 posted on 03/03/2014 12:08:23 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind

>> “hollow based bullet”

Yea, I know they exist, but is that true in this case?

8 posted on 03/03/2014 12:50:57 PM PST by jim_trent
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