from The Heritage Foundation:
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) took to the Senate floor Wednesday to denounce one of President Obama’s most controversial appointments, saying Debo Adegbile’s ill-considered championing of a convicted cop killer disqualifies him from leading the Justice Department’s civil rights operation.
“There are many highly qualified Americans who can carry out this critical mission,” Toomey said. “Mr. Adegbile’s record creates serious doubts that he is one of them.”
Toomey asked fellow senators to join him in opposing Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, former litigation chief for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Adegbile, 46, currently serves as senior counsel, last week approved him by a 10-8 party-line vote and sent the nomination to the full Senate.
Toomey and other opponents – among them Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, a Democrat – contend that Adegbile led a NAACP legal team that sought to get former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal off death row by deceiving the public. They say Adegbile perverted justice for the family of Daniel Faulkner, the 25-year-old police officer gunned down by Abu-Jamal on a Philadelphia street in 1981. Faulkner’s widow unsuccessfully appealed to the Judiciary Committee before its vote.