The Republican War on Civil Rights Laws

Posted in the Minneapolis Forum

Space ace

Silver Spring, MD

#1 Mar 7, 2014
Before Senate Republicans frightened a handful of Democrats into helping them shoot down Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division, the chamber ran so loudly with the words “cop-killer” that you might have thought Ice-T was addressing the Senate.

As director of litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Adegbile had presided over a team representing Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1981 of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Though Adegbile was a child when Faulkner was killed, the NAACP LDF represented Abu-Jamal during his post-conviction appeal proceedings in the late 2000s, and federal courts ultimately concluded that sentencing instructions were improper, which spared Abu-Jamal the death penalty.

To hear Republicans talk, Adegbile practically led the movement of “Free Mumia” supporters who became convinced that Abu-Jamal had been framed, instead of the LDF simply ensuring a reviled defendant received his constitutional right to due process.
Tru Dat

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Mar 8, 2014
NSA is my friend wrote:
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Don't worry. Obama and the NSA are not listening to your phone calls. Really they aren't.
Why would they? Do you really think anyone cares what you had for breakfast?

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