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Senate rejects Obama pick for top civil rights post

Senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee Debo Adegbile testifies during his confirmation hearing on January 8, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DCThe US Senate rejected President Barack Obama’s controversial pick for a prominent civil rights post Wednesday amid a backlash over the nominee’s connection to a high-profile convicted cop-killer. Seven members of Obama’s Democratic Party joined all Republicans in opposition to help torpedo the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adegbile is a leading civil rights attorney and was part of the team which helped get Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence commuted to life in prison in 2012. Obama swiftly condemned Adegbile’s rejection as “a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”

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