Thursday, March 06, 2014

A body of cowards.

Being a blogger these days is so easy because most of these stories just kind of write themselves for you at times.


Like, for instance, how the United States Senate decided that "being a lawyer should disqualify you from holding a legal post".


Sadly, by blocking the confirmation of Debo Adegbile, that is just what they did.


Let me summarize about the man who was nominated by the President of the United States for a prestigious judicial position.
He was born in New York State.
He is of mixed ancestry.
He attended a prestigious law school.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/U-TURN/He-was-unfairly-rejected.html#tGkvSCh5eZexPxof.99
As John Featherman wrote earlier:


He was born in New York State.
He has mixed ancestry.
He attended a prestigious law school.
He is married and has two children.
He's been called one of the best litigators of his generation.
He represented a death row inmate and convicted murderer.
He defended a very unpopular killer and a lot of people vowed to ruin his career.


But wait, the person that Featherman described above is not Debo Adegbile; it is none other than Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. [Source]


Of course I could just as well have been describing Adegbile, so I think you get the point.


Shame on the dumbocratic senators, who in a striking act of cowardice, voted along with republicans to block the nomination of a man who is eminently qualified to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Every American who believes in upholding the rule of law should be outraged.


Adegbile, while a lawyer for the NAACP, defended Mumia Abu-Jamal. (Who by the way I happen to believe is guilty of killing Danny Faulkner. I read all the trial transcripts of that case, and I have spoken to attorney's I respect--- one of them was in the courtroom for most of the trial-- and I think that the right decision was ultimately made. Although I have some serious issues with how the trial itself was conducted, and I would have been fine with a new trial as well. I am opposed to the death penalty, so Mumia Abu-Jamal doing life now seems about right.) That was his job. As head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, he was duty bound to do so, and he took up this case on a very narrow Constitutional issue.


But none of this matters to the cowards in Washington. To them, it's all about politics at home; just having your name associated with Mumia Abu-Jamal is enough to put a stain on what has so far been a brilliant legal career.

"Ahead of the vote, members of the Bar of the Supreme Court warned senators against sinking Adegbile’s confirmation based on his representation of Abu-Jamal. In a January letter to Leahy and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, they argued that taking such action could send the wrong message to attorneys everywhere.


“LDF’s advocacy on behalf of Mr. Abu-Jamal does not disqualify Mr. Adegbile from leading the Civil Rights Division,” reads the letter. “To conclude otherwise would send the wrong message to any lawyer who is affiliated, or might be asked to become involved, with a difficult, unpopular case for the purpose of enforcing and preserving important constitutional principles.”


It’s not as if there aren’t other prominent figures in government who have had unpopular clients in the past. Representing a murderer in court didn't derail the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court. Roberts once devoted 25 pro bono hours to the case of John Errol Ferguson, who killed eight people and was one of the worst mass murderers in Florida's history. 


Wade Henderson, who heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said the vote on Adegbile revealed a "hypocritical" double standard.
"During the course of their long careers, both John Roberts and Debo Adegbile each performed a vital constitutional service by representing an unpopular client on death row," Henderson said. "Roberts is now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but opponents of the Adegbile nomination twisted reality and resorted to some of the dirtiest attacks I’ve seen in my professional career. Instead of extolling his admirable record of service, as the American Bar Association did, extremists turned this family man into a ‘cop-killer defender’ and a buffoonish racialized caricature."


A piece by a New York Times editorial board writer published Wednesday made a similar point. "Some have called Mr. Adegbile a 'cop-killer advocate,'" it read. "Another word for that might be 'lawyer.'"


Perhaps the most famous example of a lawyer tasked with representing an unpopular client is John Adams, who in 1770 represented the British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre. His defense of the enemy didn’t stop him from getting elected to the colonial legislature that year, and from eventually going on to become president of the United States.


But things are different in the case of Adegbile. Even some of the Republicans who voted to block him on Wednesday have previously argued that it was important to separate a nominee’s views from the views that he or she may have expressed in court.


In Oct. 1990, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) passionately defended then-Supreme Court nominee David Souter, who faced criticism during his confirmation process for defending literacy tests in his home state of New Hampshire. Hatch noted that those tests were existing law at the time, and that Souter, as the state's assistant attorney general, was required to defend them.


“It is not right to go back in hindsight and say he should not have done that; that that shows something wrong with him. Come on, that is what advocates do,” Hatch said at the time." [Source]


And what the senators who voted to block this man's confirmation did is what cowardly curs do. 
Let me summarize about the man who was nominated by the President of the United States for a prestigious judicial position.
He was born in New York State.
He is of mixed ancestry.
He attended a prestigious law school.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/U-TURN/He-was-unfairly-rejected.html#tGkvSCh5eZexPxof.99
Let me summarize about the man who was nominated by the President of the United States for a prestigious judicial position.
He was born in New York State.
He is of mixed ancestry.
He attended a prestigious law school.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/U-TURN/He-was-unfairly-rejected.html#tGkvSCh5eZexPxof.99
Let me summarize about the man who was nominated by the President of the United States for a prestigious judicial position.
He was born in New York State.
He is of mixed ancestry.
He attended a prestigious law school.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/U-TURN/He-was-unfairly-rejected.html#tGkvSCh5eZexPxof.99


34 comments:

Kinky.Con said...

So sad when the left losses the guilty by association game they so masterfully play.


Everyone knew this was going to happen.

If not Debo, what about Tebow?

Anonymous said...

"Wade Henderson, who heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said the vote on Adegbile revealed a "hypocritical" double standard."

'Double standard?' Is Wade related to Bill?

Anonymous said...

Kinky, "If not Debo, what about Tebow?"

9:05 PM
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Now see? Kinky is calling for love. If Field would only reach out to him. Talk about being a 'coward'....

Anonymous said...

Garbage.,

The guy is a racial activist and in no way should ever be near a position of authority in the DOJ. It's already headed up by a racial activist racist who now says employers must hire black criminals, because there are so many. Who must make loans to blacks who cant pay them back because there are so many. Who must excuse black violent children/because there are so many.

Who must void competency tests and requirements because there are so many blacks who cant pass them. Who must not have to show ID because only blacks can't join modern society. Who must.....enough already, you wanted to be equal..so how about you stand up and take that equality for a change.

Next thing you know fat black women will start blaming racism for thier getting fat....oh...wait...they did.

Wesley R said...

The right wing noise machine has a lot of democrats and all republicans in the palm of their hands.

Anonymous said...

mr Field, no one can ever accuse you of being a body of cowards. Not even the folks in trailer park heaven can lay that on you.:)

Anonymous said...

Mr Field, by any chance, are you deleting FP's comments?

Anonymous said...

You are right about the democrats, they are cowards, but thank God for the Republicans, or the racist Debo Adegbile would have been given an immensely powerful position in the American government.

Debo Adegbile wasn't just a concerned advocate for justice, he made a crusade of trying to get a racist cop killer out of his just punishment. In doing so, he was obviously motivated by his own racial animus towards whites.

Not only does he have a soft spot for black killers of white cops, but he has been a long time supporter of discriminating against white students for reasons of race. Just the kind of guy Obama wants in his adinistration.

For a post-racial leader, Obama does seem to spend a lot of time catering to racists like Al Sharpton and employing racists like Eric Holder, Tom Perez and Debo Adegbile.

Anonymous said...

Because we all know only blah people can be racists.

Anonymous said...

"Because we all know only blah people can be racists."

No, but only black people can be openly racist Presidents.

Anonymous said...

Truly disgusting.

I'm no fan of Mumia Abu Jamal, but it shouldn't count against a lawyer that he defended him in court. Everyone has a right to counsel, including those guilty of murder.

Regardless of whether this was done out of racism, or out of excessive reverence for cops, this is a wrongful decision. These senators should be ashamed.

Whitey's Conspiracy said...

Black people, especially black boy and men in America, have always been held to a different standard than white people, especially white boys and men. This disgraceful vote is a perfect example of how bipartisan that old double standard remains.

I've saw it at least hundred times during the 2 years that I worked for Dept of Fair Employment & Housing as a young staff attorney: some organization; anything from a homeowners assn. to a country-club to a government office to a private business will have.some universally disregarded rule. published or not. that suddenly becomes a problem for the black person who -knowingly or not -disregards it.

field negro said...

Amen WC, amen.

No, I have not been deleting the comments of FP.

She might be just taking a sabbatical from u folks. :)

Anonymous said...

She might be just taking a sabbatical from u folks. :)
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Just count your blessings and let sleeping dogs lie.

Darkie's Entitlement said...

Whitey's Conspiracy said...

Black people, especially black boy and men in America, have always been held to a different standard than white people, especially white boys and men.
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Yeah, it's called affirmative action.

Bill said...

“When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/oops-obama-shares-his-r-s-p-e-c-t-for-the-women-of-soul/


As said by the person that campaigned in all 57 states.

No surprise Obama hasn't released his college transcripts.

Bill said...

The democrat's war on women continues....

Alan Grayson's wife says she was bruised in argument
http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/3/6/grayson_wife_bruises.html

Anonymous said...

"Black people, especially black boy and men in America, have always been held to a different standard than white people, especially white boys and men."

Yep, our parents have been telling us that all of our lives. I know Field's parents did, them Jamaicans don't play. My folks told my sister and I we had to work twice as hard and be twice as good as our white counterparts and this is true because without even knowing you they will determine you were a "affirmative action" hire without any evidence. So because of bullshit like this you have to know twice as much as these asshats and prove everyday you're better than they are. And god knows if you make one mistake "see, I knew it, that's how THEY are". I would love to be judged by my own actions like white guys are but whatever I do is held against every other Black person in the indistry. Another double standard, when you are good then you are uppity and a knowitall. Can't win with these guys. Oh well, gotta just stay on our grind and shake off the haters and hope maybe our kids won't have to dealwith this bullshit.

Anonymous said...

"The democrat's war on women continues...."

As does Bill's war on intelligence.

Anonymous said...

Field, "She(FP) might be just taking a sabbatical from u folks. :)"

5:59 AM
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Why would she want to do that? Are you saying we are sinners? FU

Anonymous said...

To all the right-wingnuts that frequent FN here; and the repugnant "repugnicans" gathering at CPAC, I'm hoping they call out and demand a "nuke em!" strike against Putin in the Ukraine. (Frankly - like the black thugs who terrorize black communities - they don't have the balls/chutzpah).
Tyranny of the ignorant "low-info" types.
BTW, our First Lady, Michelle Obama, is one "fiiiyun" sistah (sans the bangs).

Frank Drackman said...

You know Hairy Reed voted against the nomination, along with the 7 DemoKKKrat Dwarves.

BLACKISBEAUTIFUL said...

Did we really need to KNOW that you dont support Mumia.... Field??

I hate when you try to placate to the worst of the worst....


I guess you feel the same way about Assatta too??

I see STEPHEN is always lurking in the shadows as much as you attempt to portray Super Field Negro...

Fry Mumia said...

You a Mumia fan girl BiB?

Figures.

field negro said...

Black is.clueless, where u at the trial or

field negro said...

...did u read the transcript? Just curios.
*were* not "where" damn auto correct.

Frank Drackman said...

So why didn't Fast Eddie Rendell Pardon him?
Oh yeah, because he was the prosecutor who got Mumia the Chair...
and that's Mumia's whole problem, should have stayed with his original name, "Wes Cook" Sounds much less Murdery...

Anonymous said...

Just read that the DOJ sent Jindal a book about the Civil Rights movement... bwahahaha!
That's like sending an ant a telescope: completely useless and, possibly, dangerous to itself.

Gov. Kama Sutra said...

It's more like tits on a wheelbarrow, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

No, that would be useless. An ant trying to use a telescope could end up on the wring side of a sunbeam...lol.
Hey, we can both be right on thud one. Get it? Hah!

BLACKISBEAUTIFUL said...


Foolish Field says...
"Black is.clueless, where u at the trial or..."

So because your interpretation of trial transcripts blends well with the supposed narrative ...
There just cant be anything more to it Right?!?! LOL


I just made a comment about you feeling the need to identify with the group of folks who probably believe Asatta is guilty as well.

Similar evidence...Similar time period.... In your mind I guess all the racism was transferred to her case , and not Mumia's




field negro said...

I will take that as as a no, you did not read the trial transcript.

Now all that's missing is a crow and a hat for your straw man.

Try to stay with the subject at hand. It really helps when we are trying to hold an intelligent conversation.

BLACKISBEAUTIFUL said...

Whatever Field .. You can sum up racism in the 60's as a straw man argument; but wont comment when I ask you about another soldier brutally maligned by our govt today.
You have such a soft topic about this administration losing again ..So intriguing... Oh my... where do I start...

tokes said...

field negro said...

I will take that as as a no, you did not read the trial transcript.
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Hey man, it's hard to read that shit when you're high.

Give BiB a break.