Back in January I wrote about how the Senate led by Harry Reid could use the nuclear option to fast track all of Obama’s appointments. One of those appointments was Debo Adegbile who is Obama’s pick for Head of the so called Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.
Adegbile is the lawyer who fought on behalf of convicted cop killer and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal who was originally given the death penalty for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Because of Adegbile’s argument, the death penalty was overturned and Abu-Jamal was given life in prison instead.
The Fraternal Order of Police and Officer Faulkner’s widow were outraged at Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, seeing it as offensive and wrote to Obama about it, saying in part, “This nomination can be interpreted in only one way: it is a thumb in the eye of our nation’s law enforcement officers…”
Wednesday March 5th, Senate Democrats failed to muster enough support to push the Justice Department nominee past a key test vote, leaving the nomination stalled on a 47-52 vote.
While Obama stood by his nominee and called the outcome a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant,” thankfully a slim majority of the Senate saw that the real travesty of this, is the fact that Obama would nominate someone closely tied in with a case which is highly offensive to many Police officers where a notorious cop killer was given a chance at life- something which Officer Faulkner was deprived of.