A Cop-Killer Advocate Goes Down in Flames in the Senate

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On Judicial NominationsIn a major defeat for the Obama administration, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to block the confirmation of Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Every Republican Senator opposed the effort, and they were joined by eight Democrats, including Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Chris Coons of Delaware, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, and John Walsh of Montana. Nevada’s Harry Reid joined his seven colleagues, but only to preserve his ability to reconsider the nomination late if necessary. Though the vote was close, the blocking of Adegbile’s nomination strikes a significant blow to the Obama administration’s attempt to further radicalize the already out-of-control Department of Justice. 

Under Adegbile’s leadership and supervision, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund (LDF) undertook an unconscionable effort to politicize the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Faulkner was murdered on December 9, 1981 by Wesley Cook, a former Black Panther more familiarly known as “Mumia Abu-Jamal.” Abu-Jamal was also a supporter of “MOVE” a racist-anarchist group that encouraged violence against police officers. When Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother during a traffic stop, Abu-Jamal ran across the street and shot Faulkner in the back. Faulker turned and fired one shot, hitting Abu-Jamal in the chest before falling to the ground. Abu-Jamal then proceeded to shoot Faulkner four more times at close range, including once directly in the face. The murderer was still at the scene when officers arrived seconds later. The murder weapon, a .38 caliber revolver that records showed Abu-Jamal had purchased months earlier, was found at the scene.

Abu-Jamal was convicted in light of a mountain of evidence. Several eyewitness were on the scene, including Abu-Jamal’s brother, who has never testified to his innocence. Two hospital workers did testify, telling the court that Abu-Jamal told them, “I shot the motherf***er, and I hope the motherf***er dies.” 

On July 2, 1982, a racially-mixed jury unanimously convicted Abu-Jamal. They sentenced him to death the next day after deliberating for just two hours. After hearing Abu-Jamal’s appeals, that verdict was upheld by Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on March 6, 1989.

The subsequent campaign to release Abu-Jamal, which Adegbile was a part of, was nothing less than an attempt by radical leftists to pervert and abuse the legal system to help get one of their fellow revolutionaries back on the street.

In 2009, the NAACP’s LDF, directed by Adegbile, began advocating for Abu-Jamal. A series of rallies and protests, accompanied by a media campaign, were put together to promote the idea that Abu-Jamal was a political prisoner. In 2011, the LDF took him on as a client. An LDF press release disseminated the same year contended that “Abu-Jamal is widely viewed as a symbol of the racial injustices of the death penalty.” It further noted that “Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction and death sentence are relics of a time and place that was notorious for police abuse and racial discrimination.” LDF lawyers even ginned up protests and rallies in France, where, in 2006, the city of St.-Denis had named a street after the cop-killer. That move was condemned in the House of Representatives by a vote of 368-to-31 with 8 voting present. (All 31 dissenting votes were cast by Democrats).

The LDF continued to press its campaign, characterizing Abu-Jamal as a victim of racism. Adegbile pursued that tack in several courts of law, where his arguments were ultimately rejected. One of the contentions Adegbile made during that time was contained in an amicus brief he and other LDF lawyers filed with the Supreme Court in 2009. It asserted that Abu-Jamal’s conviction was invalid because of racial discrimination in jury selection. Yet there were two black Americans on the jury, and Abu-Jamal himself took part in the selection process. There would have been a third black juror, but Abu-Jamal instructed his lawyer to strike him.

Former Justice Department civil rights lawyer J. Christian Adams succinctly summed up Adegbile’s tenure of leadership at the LDF. “When he ran the unit at the Legal Defense Fund, they took positions far outside of the mainstream of the law, far outside existing jurisprudence as it relates to race, and really advanced a fringe agenda,” he explained.

Nonetheless, far too many Democrats have circled the wagon on Adegbile, defending this egregious nomination. Democrats barred Daniel Faulkner’s widow Maureen from speaking before the committee. Before the vote, however, Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey read from a letter from Faulkner to Senate lawmakers. “Today, as my husband lies 33 years in his grave, his killer has become a wealthy celebrity,” she wrote. “Old wounds have once again been ripped open, and additional insult is brought upon our law enforcement community in this country by President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile.”

Maureen Faulkner’s pleas aside, President Obama railed against rejection of Adegbile, calling the vote a “travesty.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused the GOP of racism, despite the slew of Democrats who rose to oppose the obscene nomination, which was also opposed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, and Democratic Philadelphia Prosecutor Seth Williams. 

The defeat was even more stinging because Adegbile only needed the support of 51 senators to advance his nomination to a final vote. That’s because Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats invoked the “nuclear option” last November, reducing the threshold for a filibuster from 60 votes to 51, specifically to ease the approval of executive and judicial nominees. Vice President Joe Biden attended the session in case he was needed to break a tie, but he was rendered superfluous when seven Democrats defected. Tellingly, Adegbile’s rejection was the first one under the new rules — rules that Democrats have exploited to ram through more than 40 other nominees, including several who would have been rejected under the old threshold.

For the moment, the American people have been spared the appointment of another radical, race-obsessed leftist to a Justice Department already poisoned by corruption and fringe ideology. Adegbile’s career of legal abuse, extremism and attacks on civil rights make him unfit for any position of authority in the department. And despite both Reid and Obama’s contentions, his defeat would have been impossible without a handful of Democrats defecting from their radicalized brethren and deciding that having a cop-killer’s advocate running the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ was a bridge too far. It was.

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  • Insecticide

    Abu Jamal is walking advertisement for why we need a death penalty

    • Guest

      “On December 7, 2011, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that prosecutors would no longer seek the death penalty for Abu-Jamal.”

      Abu Jamal was sentenced to death. The problem is that leftists activists and elected Democrats made the proposition expensive.

      “Williams said that Abu-Jamal will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole”

      This is the problem with not carrying out a death sentence. It would be extremely difficult politically if not impossible for a governor to commute the sentence of someone on death row so that they were eligible for parole. To commute the sentence of someone imprisoned without the possibility of parole is less so.

    • A Z

      cont’d

      The LEFT has fought so hard to free him that they got the death penalty lifted. It is not too hard to see that they could free him altogether. They could argue that at he paid his debt (33+ years), he is too old to cause harm, it is cruel t let someone die in prison, he’s innocent, et cetera. The mere fact that the argument that Abu Jamal has paid his debt and is innocent are contradictory will not deter them. They will make both arguments at the same time.

      The problem of freeing him at this point is not so much that he might murder someone else. He might and he want to do so.The problem is the carnage is wrecks upon society because of the message it sends. Electing Obama did not heal the nation, nor will freeing Abu Jamal heal the nation. Like the former, the latter will just make race problems worse. New demands will be made.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu-Jamal

    • Guest

      “On December 7, 2011, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that prosecutors would no longer seek the death penalty for Abu-Jamal.” -wiki

      Abu Jamal was sentenced to death. The problem is that leftists activists and elected Democrats made the proposition expensive.

      “Williams said that Abu-Jamal will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole”

      This is the problem with not carrying out a death sentence. It would be extremely difficult politically if not impossible for a governor to commute the sentence of someone on death row so that they were eligible for parole. To commute the sentence of someone imprisoned without the possibility of parole is less so.

      • fiddler

        Have him share a cell with Charlie Manson.

    • BS77

      Amazing how the wackos have turned Mumia from the killer to the victim…straight out of Orwell.

      • UberYou

        You’ve never read Orwell.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Nice picture of Johnny Cash greeting you.

  • Alisia S

    This tells me everything I need to know about Obama and how effective the decades of white and Jew-hate indoctrination he received from Rev. Wright were.

    • Bamaguje

      That Obama would even nominate such a vile scumbag speaks volumes of his traitorous anti-Americanism.

    • DontMessWithAmerica

      You are forgetting his early training from two Muslim fathers and Muslim schools.

    • Habbgun

      I’m sure his Communist grandfather and Communist mother helped a lot too. Obama is a perfect storm of American Leftist worthlessness.

    • Myrtle Linder

      It is such a disgrace, actually a shame, that Americans were called on to have to vote for or against a criminal. He does not deserve such an opportunity, he would never have gotten such from any legal president, one who won fair ans square an election, that we ever had.

    • truebearing

      Obama’s indoctrination includes Marxism, Black Liberation Theology, and Islam. All three are driven by hate and advocate the elimination of their opposition. Obama is spearheading a Marxist/Muslim coup, with special emphasis on racism toward all light skinned people.

      Eric Holder is Obama’s racist firewall. Holder can ignore election fraud by blacks or illegal Hispanics, while harassing conservative groups with the FBI, ATF, and IRS. At this moment, we are under the tyranny of dedicated black racists.

  • Jakareh

    Hatred of whites being part of leftist ideology, the ones who are half (or more) white strive to be the most hateful in order to show they are worthy. Watch out for Bill de Blasio’s son.

  • sprinklerman

    I’m sorry but I cannot agree that those Democrats who voted to reject this man, was because they saw the light of how radical he is. I would bet that all of them are up for election and they saw this as a way to sway votes in their favor. Senator Bob Casey from PA is as left as they come, and has voted for the Obama agenda time and time again.

    Other than the Senator from Delaware, each of those Senators I’m sure are in a dog fight, and they are hoping that the short memories of voters will remember only this vote. DON’T BE FOOLED BY THIS ONE VOTE!

    • quousque

      Check your sources. John Fund (a reliable journalist) in his column on NRO ( a conservative site) states the following:
      “…. But five of the seven Democrats who joined every Republican in opposition — Chris Coons (Del.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), and Joe Donnelly (Ind.), aren’t up for election this year or don’t face competitive challengers…..”

      And by the way; it was during the MacCarthy hearings when these words were uttered: “Have you no sense of decency?” As it turns out, seven Democrat Senator had a sense of decency and I salute them.

      • sprinklerman

        After having seen the article and done some other research my gut was wrong in this instance. I should have done more research prior to posting and I thank you for pointing that out. I let my emotions sway me rather than doing things the way that they should have been. I stand before you properly sent to the discipline room!

        However, these folks need to stand up to Holder and what he has been doing at the DOJ. How many more years are we to continue to accept the responses to the Congressional Oversight Committee on Fast and Furious?

        • republicc

          I like you. It takes a man to admit when he is wrong.

        • quousque

          I have given my own opinion a critical once over and am coming to the conclusion that this vote might carry even bigger significance. The odds in the current political climate of non partisan voting on part of Democrats are nil to zero. Add to it that the vote took place well after Harry Reid deployed his ‘nuclear option’ for Senate nomination process and the probability of NOT confirming had become exactly zero. So, the dissenting votes from Dems are a very significant blow for president and Reid in their strategy to subjugate the Senate to the will of executive branch. Harry Reid voted against nomination as well, and that move gives him an option to put the same character for re-vote w/o president going through the process of nomination. If on the second try, Reid and the Ds succeed, then we have a real problem on our hands,

          The widow of Det. Faulker is running a petition drive against the nomination:

          http://www.change.org/petitions/members-of-the-united-states-senate-vote-no-to-the-confirm ation-of-debo-adegbile-to-the-department-of-justice?recruiter=58859029&utm_campaign=si gnature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

          • republicc

            I am very impressed with both of you. I don’t care about your conclusions so much as I care about your willingness to do critical thinking.

            I did a lot of different things during my 52 years of working. The last thing I did was teach accounting and economics at a University. I was very disappointed that a not so insignificant number of my students were not willing to do the hard work of thinking things through in an honest way.

            One of the things I am enjoying in my retirement is getting involved with these talk backs. Too often I find people so passionate that they are unwilling to be logical. Sometimes instead of making an argument they reduce themselves to name calling. I have no patience for name callers and I admit that I respond to them by purposely getting under their skin (and yes, I do enjoy doing that).

            When I was a professor I found that, as you can imagine, a number of professor’s who were on the left. I am best described as conservative/libertarian. Needless to say I found it a waste of time to debate with them, since they considered their opinion to be of a religious nature.

            There was however one professor who was as far left as they come, but who nevertheless would engage in debate in an honest, courteous and rational way. I really appreciated it and I told him how much I enjoyed debating with him.

            So, when I find the two of you willing to reexamine your conclusions to make sure that you are honest with yourselves, I find that so refreshing. And it gives me hope that others will learn to do the hard work and be honest with themselves as well.

      • quousque

        Got to check my numbers; if Harry Reid is one of the seven then he gets my middle finger or fisted forearm. The other six still stand

  • joespook

    The next nominee will be Lynn Stewart.

    • quousque

      She fits the narrative.

  • Cappy1437

    Those who voted for Obama should be ashamed of themselves.

    • nomoretraitors

      Liberals know no shame

  • Nan

    Abu-Jamal helped pick his jurors? What’s that all about?

  • Morgan23

    A perfect example of the continuing attempts to further divide the country. A Black racist in the Civil Rights division like putting the KKK in the same position. Un acceptable!

  • nomoretraitors

    FINALLY SANITY PREVAILS!!
    (I had almost lost hope)

  • Chris Behme

    Bye bye to Adogpile.

  • fiddler

    “Maureen Faulkner’s pleas aside, President Obama railed
    against rejection of Adegbile, calling the vote a “travesty.” Senate
    Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) accused the GOP of racism,…”

    I plan to throw a party when this contemptible little old soft-spoken man is demoted from his cherished position. To call this little innuendo prone “senator” a leader (“somebody told me Mitt Romney doesn’t pay his taxes”; “all the complaints from people about Obamacare aren’t true” and so forth) makes me nauseous. Shame on the people of Nevada for “re-electing” him. He is so typical of a compromised mentality given over to power at any cost.

    • quousque

      That broken pr–k throws these calumnies from the floor of the Senate only. He knows the rules of the chamber very well and cannot be called on these outright lies. Senate operation permits them to be spouted. You will not catch that dirty weasel saying anything like it outside of the chamber.

  • tagalog

    It’s heartening to see some Democrats vote across the aisle. It’s also true that the cross-over was in an instance where the character being voted for was so obviously near-universally unacceptable, but at least it happened. Maybe it will be easier next time they’re needed, which hopefully won’t be at all after November.

    I hear Obama is hot about the vote. I hope so. I hope he’s also doing a LOT of thinking about the “nuclear option” and that “pen and phone” crack. Sometimes even some Democrats will do the right thing.

  • wileyvet

    Let’s try this again, since my other post was expunged. Forty seven Senators, all Democrats voted in lock step for this wholly unsuitable nominee. Of all qualified candidates for this post, this his who Obama chose and in so doing showing his utter contempt and disdain for the justice system, victims of crime and the police, and the American people. This entire administration is so racially motivated and divisive there is no way Obama could not know this would be contentious, providing more fodder for the race hucksters. The real travesty was the nomination in the first place, but if you wish to use such descriptions then I have two words for you. Clarence Thomas.

    • truebearing

      Obama isn’t even trying to mask his racist agenda anymore. He is out for revenge, pure and simple. Despite the fact that his black father abandoned him entirely and his white grandparents raised him, he hates whites. His plan is to not only force various forms of reparations onto whites, but strip them of their material wealth as punishment for what only some of our white ancestors were guilty of. He is also bent on skewing the justice system so that black crimes are ignored but whites are nailed to the wall. This is Obama and Holder’s social justice delusion.

      • Lorilu

        To quote Valerie Jarrett, “it’s payback time.”

  • UberYou

    This comment thread reeks of BenGay and support socks.

    • Drakken

      Shhhh little girl, the adults are talking, you just might learn something instead of just running your liberal suck.

      • UberYou

        “running your liberal suck”…that’s a new one to me grandpa. Is that how they talked back when you were lynching people?

        Also, your attempt at emasculating me by calling me “little girl” failed many many years ago when I was born with a vagina. :)

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Your fraternal Siamese twin.

  • Lanna

    We certainly don’t need this kind of person’s misguided persecution of our nation’s police who are on the front lines every day fighting for justice…this is all part of this administration’s plan to actually take away security for the people by going after our police force! Glad they got one stuck up their back side!

  • freddawes

    Total black racists

  • 11johnmac66

    I wonder if Abu-jamal saw a black cop pulling his brother would he have had the same hateful reaction…the accusations of Racism are misdirected.

  • Lorilu

    Sandra Fluke’s a hero, but Democrats prevented Mrs. Faulkner, the police officer’s widow, from speaking before the committee. Nice.

  • William_Bradford

    Men like Adegbile are the most despicable of men. They are much worse than the Grand Dragon(s) of the KKK. Those of the KKK always knew and understood that what they did was outside civil society, beyond the pale of any semblance of justice, or the law; thus the necessity for their secret society.

    Adegbile seeks to pervert the rule of law, to in essence, relegalize the discrimination that the Civil War was fought to eliminate from a just society, from the law of man in America. What he and his ilk found so reprehensible, so egregious he has no difficulty impressing upon others – he seeks not justice, but rather the legal overseer’s whip.

  • msaulr

    There are so many capable lawyers that Obummer could have chosen. His chioce says volumes about our illustrious president. I hope we can survive a few more years of this bad guy!