Senate Blocks Debo Adegbile Nomination to Head Civil Rights Division

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The Senate today blocked Debo Adegbile's bid to lead the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice amid questions about how he would work with the major law enforcement groups that vigorously opposed his nomination.

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    As a graduate of Coons‘s alma mater (Amherst), I‘m ashamed of him.
    Sure, he‘s right that the appointment would rankle. But some growing pains are essential if we‘re to outgrow the current standoff between "Law Enforcement" and the law. We‘ve got to move toward law enforcement that‘s pro-law!

    I think this is yet another bitter fruit of the growing trend toward expecting the law to cure social problems, such as crime, and expecting law enforcement to represent popular opinion, as opposed to upholding the law. The media love to encourage such mistaken expectations; they make heartbeats race and adrenaline flow, which surely sells. But those expectations poison our nation with distrust (like that shown in the "Wow" comment here) and erode the foundation of our liberties (by valuing our constituencies over our Constitution).

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    Wow - talk about a hissy fit. Stacks the deck in his favor and still can‘t get this crony confirmed. Oh no - how dare those evil racist republicans stand in the way of progress!!

    It‘s not that this attorney defended his client zealously - it‘s that he started a PR campaign vilifying the police and honoring a cop killer. Kind of hard for cops to swallow. The fact that Obummer chose this individual shows what little respect he has for anybody.

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    In the biggest police state on the planet, listening to "law enforcement" is the LAST thing we need to be doing.

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    Hey, convicted cop killers have civil rights, too! As do convicted cops. Taking on unpopular clients whose cases nevertheless appear to have merit takes exactly the kind of courage and principle we need in the Civil Rights Division. What are you thinking, Sen. Coons?

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