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Democrats Join Republicans in High-Tech Lynching of Black Nominee

By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News         

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Nominee Adegbile on Sesame Street by []

Seven Democratic dwarves prefer police state veto to due process of law

When the United States Senate voted against the United States Constitution on March 5, 2014, the anti-constitutional majority included, as expected, all the Republican Senators voting, but also, more unexpectedly, seven principle-free Democrats. 

The majority vote represents an affirmation of imaginary guilt by association, with deep racial overtones, in what amounted to a Senatorial lynching of an attorney who dared participate in the constitutionally-mandated legal defense of a pre-judged black man long since found guilty and still in prison after thirty years.  These Senators were less persuaded the Supreme Court's finding of a flawed trial than by the orchestrated baying by white vigilantes whose police state mentality allows no nuance when they want someone dead no matter what. 

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The Senate vote in question on March 5 was whether to end a Republican filibuster against President Obama's nominee to serve as the United States Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice -- attorney Debo Adegbile, 48, who is currently senior counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.  A native New Yorker, he was born Adebowale Patrick Akande Adegbile (his father Nigerian, his mother Irish) and raised by his single mother. As a child he was an actor on Sesame Street for nine years. He earned his law degree from New York University law school in 1994. 

After seven years in private practice at the N.Y. law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, & Garrison, Adegbile joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund where he was a respected litigator from 2001 to 2013. He argued his first Supreme Court case in 2009, defending the Voting Rights Act. His career path, without the major cases, is similar to that of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, but only up to this point.  

Republicans opposing Adegbile are vehement, adamant, and dishonest in their opposition, rooted in passion and prejudice. Their critique does not challenge Adegbile's competence or qualifications to be in charge of the Civil Rights Division, which currently has an acting head. Arguing Adegbile's nomination on its merits is not something Republicans even tried to do. Their "case" against Adegbile was an ugly, demagogic stew of partisanship, race baiting, and irrelevance worthy of the late Senator Joe McCarthy at his worst. 

"I stand with the Fraternal Order of Police in opposition to Debo Adegbile". we all should agree that those who go out of their way to celebrate, to lionize, convicted cop killers are not suitable for major leadership roles at the Department of Justice. Under Adegbile's supervision, LDF lawyers fanned the flames of racial tension through rallies and protests and a media campaign all to portray Mumia Abu-Jamal, an unrepentant cop killer, as a political prisoner."

-- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, on the Senate floor, March 4, 2014 

In this brief statement, Cruz manages to:

1. Defend what amounts to a police lobby veto over presidential appointments to the Justice Dept;  

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2.    Lie about Adegbile's activities (no evidence to support Cruz's smear);

3.    Invent "lionization" of the man at the center of a case that is genuinely about due process and the death penalty, a case that has been found wanting by the Supreme Court;

4.    Pretend that racial tensions have not been present in this case since the moment it started (the trial judge promised "I'm going to help them fry the n-word," and a higher judge found the comment not prejudicial);

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