On Thursday, President Obama appointed Debo Adegbile, a former attorney for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, to a six-year position on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
This isn’t the first time Obama has tried to get Adegbile a job in his administration.
In 2014, Obama appointed Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s office on Civil Rights. Both Democrats and Republicans voted that selection down, due to his involvement with the Abu-Jamal case.
Debo Adegbile was the Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund during the time he represented Abu-Jamal in the appeal of his conviction and death sentence for 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He managed to get Abu-Jamal’s sentenced reduced to life in prison.
The Washington Times reported: “Liberals praised the latest nomination. The Center for American Progress cited Mr. Adegbile’s work on employment, housing discrimination, criminal justice and voting rights.”
More from the Washington Times on why Adegbile was rejected in 2014:
The Senate’s rejection of Mr. Adegbile on a 52-47 vote in 2014 marked the first time that the Senate rejected one of Mr. Obama’s nominees since Democrats changed filibuster rules to require only a simple majority for presidential nominations, an easier threshold that the Adegbile pick still failed.
Mr. Adegbile drew opposition from national law enforcement organizations as well as a bipartisan group of senators for his involvement with Abu-Jamal, who became a cause celebre from his prison cell.
After the nomination was defeated, Mr. Obama called the vote a “travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”
“Those who voted against his nomination denied the American people an outstanding public servant,” Mr. Obama said.
At the time, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, said Mr. Adegbile had “decided to join a political cause. … And in my view, by doing so, he demonstrated his own contempt for — and frankly a willingness to undermine — the criminal justice system of the United States.”
H/T: Washington Times
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