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Letters to Editor

Adegbile Opposition

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 7
4/4/2014




Taylor Ramsey has misrepresented the reasons behind opposition to Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Senator Mitch McConnell and others were opposed to Mr. Adegbile’s nomination not because of his representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, which every defendant deserves and is an integral part of our justice system, but because
Mr. Adegbile politicized the killing of a police officer.

Mr. Adegbile’s department organized rallies and protests; claimed the defendant was a political prisoner and a victim of discrimination. Mr. Abu-Jamal was either innocent or guilty and all of these extraneous issues should not have been part of the process. At the confirmation hearing, Mr. Adegbile testified the death penalty was overturned due to flawed jury instructions, which is true, but not until after claims of discrimination had failed.

Mr. Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing Officer Faulkner; the fatal shot fired inches from the officer’s head. There was little doubt of Mr. Abu-Jamal’s guilt due to four eye witnesses, the gun registration, and additional evidence. The police officer’s union, The Fraternal Order of Police with 325.000 members, vehemently opposed this confirmation.

Janet West