Obama Appoints Notorious Cop Killer’s Lawyer To Civil Rights Commission…
WASHINGTON TIMES --
In a move sure to fray his relations with law enforcement, President Obama on Thursday appointed Debo Adegbile, former lawyer for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, to a six-year post on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Mr. Adegbile worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., when he represented Abu Jamal in the appeal of his conviction and death sentencing in the notorious 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal’s sentence was reduced to life in prison.
The case prompted the Senate to reject Mr. Adegbile’s nomination in 2014 when Mr. Obama appointed him to lead the Justice Department’s office on civil rights. Some Democrats joining Republicans in voting down the selection at that time.
Liberals praised the latest nomination. The progressive Center for American Progress cited Mr. Adegbile’s “work on employment, housing discrimination, criminal justice, and voting rights.”