U.S. Senate votes against appointing Adegbile to civil rights post

The U.S. Senate voted today against appointing Debo Adegbile as the assistant attorney general for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Justice.

The vote was close. Adegbile’s nomination failed by a 47-52, according to the Washington Post. Eight Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, joined Republicans in opposing Adegbile’s nomination.

Both Pennsylvania Senators, Republican Pat Toomey and Robert Casey, opposed the nomination.

Adegbile’s nomination was controversial due to his involvement as a defense attorney in the appeals process of convicted-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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