I noted before that hundreds of career prosecutors have revolted against the Justice Department's backing of a Senate bill that would slash mandatory minimum sentences across the board, no matter how dangerous the drug or unrepentant the pusher.
Today, there is another revolt, this one by career FBI agents. Kent noted, here and here, that the Administration, which for these purposes prominently includes Eric Holder, has nominated, to serve under Holder as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile. Adegbile won fame primarily for his defense of, and, more flagrantly, his cheerleading for, cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
No one doubts that Abu-Jamal was entitled to a legal defense. That's not the problem. The problem is that Adegbile led not just a defense but a street campaign to denounce the policeman Abu-Jamal killed, Officer Daniel Faulkner, and the police in general, as an occupying fascist army.
Today, FBI agents couldn't take it anymore.
Here is what the FBI Agents Association had to its membership this morning:
As many of you are aware, the U.S. Senate is currently considering the nomination of Debo Adegbile to serve as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. While we do not normally engage on nominations like this, a number of you have expressed serious reservations regarding Mr. Adegbile given his connection to the Mumia Abu-Jamal litigation. As you know, the tragic loss of Officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia, and the on-going litigation surrounding his murder, continues to resonate deeply throughout our community.The FBIAA's letter to the Attorney General is here. When hundreds of career prosecutors and, as of today, career FBI agents, are blowing the whistle on the Justice Department's support for causes most fondly embraced by drug dealers and, now, cop killers, it's time to become more than a little concerned. UPDATE: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Adegibile's nomination today by a party-line 10-8 vote.
What We've Done: The National Executive Board (NEB) of the Association has communicated our opposition to the nomination to the offices of U.S. Vice President Biden and U.S. Attorney General Holder, as well as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. We have met personally and frequently with high-ranking federal officials on this matter and have memorialized our position here. These discussions culminated in an in-person meeting with the NEB, Mr. Adegbile, and Justice Department officials. Philadelphia FBIAA representative Lauren Almanzor joined the NEB for this meeting, and she brought the concerns of Philadelphia FBI Agents directly to Mr. Adegbile. We would like to thank Lauren for making the trip to Washington and for participating in the meeting.