The widow of a police officer murdered in 1981 is launching a last-minute petition effort to head off his killer’s attorney from winning a top position in the federal Justice Department.
Maureen Faulkner, whose husband, Daniel, was a Philadelphia police officer shot to death by black radical Mumia Abu-Jamal during a traffic stop, has started a petition at Change.org asking senators to vote against President Obama’s nomination of attorney Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Adegbile, as a former head of the Legal Defense Fund for the NAACP, was one of Abu-Jamal’s top lawyers. In 2012, Jamal’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after a lengthy legal battle and three decades gushing, liberal attention.
Faulkner’s petition accuses Adegbile of benefiting from Abu-Jamal’s death-row-celebrity status.
“Attorneys working under Mr. Adegbile’s supervision have stood before rallies of Abu-Jamal supporters and openly professed that it was ‘an extreme honor’ to represent the man who put a hollow based bullet into Officer Faulkner’s brain as he lay on the ground wounded, unarmed, and defenseless,” the petition states.
Adegbile’s nomination was supposed to be taken up by the Senate on Monday but was delayed by a snowstorm. It is now scheduled for Tuesday, according to Fox News.
Adegbile needs only 51 votes to be confirmed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but not even all Democrats are on Obama’s side when it comes to murdered cops.
On Friday, Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. Bob Casey announced he’s voting against.
“The vicious murder of Officer Faulkner in the line of duty and the events that followed in the 30 years since his death has left open wounds,” Casey said Friday, according to Fox News.
“After carefully considering this nomination and having met with both Mr. Adegbile as well as the Fraternal Order of Police, I will not vote to confirm the nominee.”
Faulkner’s petition, titled “Vote No to the Confirmation of Debo Adegbile to the Department of Justice,” asks other senators to do the same.
“The thought that Mr. Adegbile would be rewarded, in part, for the work he did for Officer Faulkner’s killer is revolting,” the petition states. “Please set aside any partisan feelings you have and do the right thing when you vote on Mr. Adegbile’s confirmation. Please vote ‘no.’”