Maureen Faulkner in 2008 (Photo: Kelly Bracken)
Maureen Faulkner, the widow of murdered Philadelphia Officer Daniel Faulkner who was murdered by Mumia Abu Jamal, has launched an online petition to stop President Obama's nomination of cop killer advocate and Mumia supporter Debo Adegebile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. The vote for Adegbile's confirmation by Senate was scheduled for today, but has been postponed due to a snowstorm until Tuesday March 4, Townhall.com reports.
The petition urges members of the United States Senate to vote no on Adegbile's nomination. A simply majority of just 51 votes is needed to get Adegbile to a final vote. Republicans, at least six major law enforcement groups, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams and Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey are opposed to the nomination.
“After carefully considering this nomination and having met with both Mr. Adegbile as well as the Fraternal Order of Police, I will not vote to confirm the nominee," Casey told Fox News last week.
The National Fraternal Order of Police has classified Obama's nomination of Adegbile as, "A thumb in the eye of our nation's law enforcement," adding "It demonstrates a total lack of regard or empathy for those who strive to keep you and everyone else in our nation safe in your home and neighborhoods." FOP also credits Adegbile with "turning the justice system on its head with unfounded and unproven allegations of racism," and with taking a "cynical race-baiting approach to our legal system."