Obama appoints Mumia Abu-Jamal’s attorney to Civil Rights Commission

Also names Catherine Lhamon, who argued against due process in sex-harassment cases

Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia’s City Hall after a hearing on July 12, 1995. Abu-Jamal is serving a life term for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer. (Associated Press) more >

By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2016

In a move sure to fray his relations with law enforcement, President Obama on Thursday appointed Debo Adegbile, a former attorney 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 when he represented Abu-Jamal in the appeal of his conviction and death sentence for 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 joined Republicans in voting down the selection at that time.



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