Adegbile Pick Slammed By Toomey

Adegbile Pick Slammed By ToomeyU.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today, Feb. 6, sent a letter to his colleagues expressing his grave concerns over the nomination of Debo Adegbile to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Mr. Adegbile was chosen by President Obama and the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on the nomination today.

Below is the letter:

February 6, 2014

Dear Colleague:

Recently, President Obama nominated Mr. Debo Adegbile to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. I have grave concerns over this nomination, based on Mr. Adegbile’s decision to represent Mumia Abu-Jamal.

On December 9, 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal murdered 25-year old Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal’s guilt has never been in doubt. Four eyewitnesses saw Abu-Jamal rush across the street to where Daniel Faulkner was, shoot Officer Faulkner once in the back, and then shoot Officer Faulkner several more times in the body and face. Three other witnesses attested that they heard Abu-Jamal boast that he had shot Daniel Faulkner. It was no surprise when a Pennsylvania jury convicted Abu-Jamal and sentenced him to death.

Unfortunately, some were not content to let Daniel Faulkner’s young widow to grieve in peace. In 2009, twenty-seven years after Daniel Faulkner’s death, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (“LDF”), decided to join the case-first as an amicus and then as co-counsel for Abu-Jamal. This was not a case of every defendant deserving a lawyer: Abu-Jamal already had multiple, high-priced lawyers volunteering their time and filing dozens of petitions and appeals over two and a half decades.

Under Mr. Adegbile’s oversight, LDF lawyers spread misinformation, promoted division among the American people, and blocked justice for the family of Officer Daniel Faulkner.

The lawyers Mr. Adegbile supervised promoted the myth that Abu-Jamal was a heroic, political prisoner who was framed because of his race, instead of the cowardly, unrepentant killer that he is. Recently, Mr. Adegbile has attempted to downplay his role in the Mumia Abu-Jamal case.

Mr. Adegbile knows better. As Mr. Adegbile told the Senate Judiciary Committee, he “supervised the entire legal staff” of 18 lawyers at LDF, and, in the words of LDF’s website, he was responsible for their advocacy “both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion.”

The Justice Department’s website explains, the Civil Rights Division “fulfills a critical mission in upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals.” This requires the head of the Civil Rights Division to have an absolute commitment to truth and justice. There are many highly qualified Americans who can carry out this critical mission. Mr. Adegbile’s record creates serious doubts that he is one of them. For these reasons, I ask you to oppose the nomination of Mr. Debo Adegbile to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Adegbile Pick Slammed By Toomey

 

 

Bobby Casey Aye On Porkmarks

Bobby Casey Aye On Porkmarks — Little Bobby Casey, who is Pennsylvania’s other Democrat senator, voted no yesterday, Nov. 30, on an attempt to place a three-year moratorium on earmarks.

Earmarks are a legislative  provisions that directs approved funds to be spent on specific projects, or that directs specific exemptions from taxes or mandated fees. They are also known as pork, which makes it puzzling why Little Bobby would vote for such an unpopular thing as he is not known for being able to bring home the bacon. Of course, he is known for being able to take orders so it’s probably not that puzzling.

Bobby is up for re-election in 2012.

Sen. Arlen Specter, as expected, also voted for the earmarks. Arlen’s long and storied career as a public hack is forcibly coming to an end, so this vote gave him one last chance to be spiteful.

The attempt to put a three-year halt to the process came via S.Amdt. 4697 which was an proposed as an amendment to S. 510  and failed on a 56-39 vote .

S 510 aka FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,  which many fear will destroy family farmers , passed 73 – 25. Little Bobby and Arlen were ayes on that one as well .

Bobby Casey Aye On Porkmarks

Ras Poll Shows Toomey Still Strong Over Snarlin’ Arlen

The latest Rasmussen Reports shows presumptive Republican senate nominee Pat Toomey continuing to hold a 9-point lead over Democrat incumbent Arlen Specter, a margin he has maintained in Rasmussen polling for three straight months.

Rasmussen has him beating Congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa7), who is challenging Specter for the Democratic nomination, by 5 points.

Rasmussen has Specter ahead of Sestak 48-37 in the primary contest, which is May 18.

A Quinnipiac University poll released March 2 had Specter beating Toomey by 7 points and Sestak by 24 points.

Toomey, a businessman who represented the Democrat-leaning 15th District in Congress from 1999 to 2005, is being challenged by activist Peg Luksik in the primary.

 

Ras Poll Shows Toomey Still Strong Over Snarlin’ Arlen