U.S. Senate Blocks Obama Civil Rights Nominee Over Cop-Killer Case
The U.S. Senate refused to confirm Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, because he defended civil rights, say critics. Senators weren’t pleased that Adegbile defended a death-row inmate while he was head of litigation at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. It didn’t help that his client was controversial convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. One killer is apparently not the same as another, because the Senate did confirm John Roberts to the Supreme Court after he defended a death-row inmate who was executed in Florida last year after being convicted of killing eight civilians.