Key Foe: Obama DOJ Rights Nominee Led “Mockery” Of Justice System


Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), was a leading figure in the defeat of Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Toomey said he supported the principle that even the worst criminals deserve a fair defense, but that “Adegbile very actively participated in this mockery of our justice system.”

Toomey and the Fraternal Order of Police lobbied other senators with evidence that Adegbile went beyond legal work by leading a “campaign to discredit our justice system” in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer. The vote was controversial, with Adegbile supporters saying he was defeated just because he defended an unpopular client. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) called the vote “the lowest point that I think the Senate has descended into in my 30 years here.”

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