Committee Vote Tomorrow on Debo Adegbile

by Roger Clegg

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote tomorrow on the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s civil-rights division. As I noted earlier, the Obama administration certainly had its work cut out for it when it tried to find someone farther to the left than Thomas Perez to head the Justice Department’s civil-rights division, but it appears to have succeeded.

Among his other accomplishments, Debo Adegbile went out of his way to play a role in defending cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, an international cause célèbre on the left, prompting the Fraternal Order of Police to oppose his nomination, along with a number of other law-enforcement groups, including (in alphabetical order) the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, National Association of Police Organizations, National Narcotic Officers’ Associations’ Coalition, National Sheriffs’ Association, and New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, as well as Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams (the murdered policeman was from Philadelphia; his widow has asked to testify against Mr. Adegbile, but that request has been ignored by the Committee).

As Carl Rowan Jr. — who is himself a former deputy U.S. marshal, FBI special agent, and chief of police — wrote: “He isn’t the first questionable nomination made by a president who, for one reason or another, seems drawn to those with radical backgrounds, but this one is an open slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement.”

It’s also something of a slap to the House of Representatives, which, on December 6, 2006, marked the 25th anniversary of Officer Faulkner’s murder by passing 368–31 House Resolution 1082, condemning the murder.

Investor’s Business Daily had a good editorial on this and Mr. Adegbile’s other left-wing causes here. He doesn’t like voter ID and other ballot-integrity measures, and was on the wrong side in any number of Supreme Court cases, including, most recently, Shelby County v. Holder (finding the preclearance coverage formula under the Voting Rights Act to be outdated), as well as the challenge to Obamacare, District of Columbia v. Heller (striking down the D.C. gun-control law on Second Amendment grounds), and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC (where his arguments were unanimously rejected as the Court ruled that the Free Exercise Clause protects us against “significant burdens on religious practice,” as Mr. Adegbile himself put it).

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