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Statement from U.S. Senator Bob Casey

February 28, 2014
Casey Statement on Debo Adegbile Nomination

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights:
“I believe that every person nominated by the President of the United States for a high level position such as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights should be given fair and thoughtful consideration as senators discharge their responsibility of ‘advise and consent’. I respect that our system of law ensures the right of all citizens to legal representation no matter how heinous the crime. At the same time, it is important that we ensure that Pennsylvanians and citizens across the country have full confidence in their public representatives – both elected and appointed. The vicious murder of Officer Faulkner in the line of duty and the events that followed in the 30 years since his death have left open wounds for Maureen Faulkner and her family as well as the City of Philadelphia. After carefully considering this nomination and having met with both Mr. Adegbile as well as the Fraternal Order of Police, I will not vote to confirm the nominee.”

Toomey and Williams: The Justice Nominee and The Cop Killer

February 24th, 2014
Wall Street Journal

Debo Adegbile’s disturbing support for Mumia Abu-Jamal should disqualify him. Continue Reading →

Thank you to Senator Pat Toomey for supporting Maureen Faulkner and Danny’s memory and speaking out in opposition for the DOJ nominee Debo Adegbile

February 20th, 2014

Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

February 11th, 2014

Currently senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Adegbile worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a civil rights law firm independent of the NAACP, from 2001 to May 2013. He served as director of litigation under president John Payton when LDF took on Abu-Jamal’s case in 2011. In his role at the time, Adegbile “oversees the legal program and supervises the legal staff in the areas Criminal, and Economic Justice, Education, and Political Participation, while remaining actively engaged in litigation and advocacy.”
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Murdered Cop’s Widow Speaks Out on Controversial DOJ Nominee

February 6th, 2014

Maureen Faulkner Not Allowed to Speak at Senate Hearing for Murderer’s Lawyer
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February 6th, 2014
The Senate Judiciary Committee, in a 10-8 vote along party lines, approved Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division. The nomination now goes to the full Senate for final approval.
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Introducing Mumia’s Legal Team

February 5th, 2014
This video, filmed on January 28th, 2011, clearly shows the enthusiastic support by the Legal Defense Fund attorneys assigned to Daniel Faulkner’s killer, Mumia Abu Jamal. Debo Adegbile served as Director of Litigation during this time period when the attorneys spoke.

Widow of murdered cop wants to testify at confirmation hearing for controversial Obama nominee

Published January 31, 2014

The widow of a Philadelphia police officer gunned down by a man whose lawyer has been picked by President Obama for a top civil rights post says she wants to testify at his confirmation hearing.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that he backed Maureen Faulkner’s request to speak at Debo Adegbile’s nomination hearing. Continue Reading →

Maureen Faulkner: Justice Dept. Nomination Is A ‘Disgrace’

January 9th, 2014

PA Supreme Court rejects Mumia Abu-Jamal’s last appeal

PHILADELPHIA – April 3, 2012 (WPVI) — Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his last legal appeal.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a challenge regarding forensic evidence in his racially charged case.

The onetime Black Panther was found guilty in 1982 of fatally shooting white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row while pursuing numerous legal appeals. On March 26, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s denial of the forensics claim.

Abu-Jamal’s attorney didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney’s office declined to comment.

One of Abu-Jamal’s appeals led a judge to order a new sentencing hearing. Instead, prosecutors in December agreed to allow him to serve a life sentence.

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