In a confirmation hearing Wednesday before the
Canterbury said he was writing "to express our extreme disappointment, displeasure and vehement opposition" to the nomination, calling Abu-Jamal a "thug" and "our country's most notorious cop-killer." He said the choice of Adegbile represents a "thumb in the eye of our nation's law enforcement officers."
Adegbile, then working with the Legal Defense Fund of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, successfully argued that Abu-Jamal's jury was not properly instructed during the trial and that it was selected along racial lines.
Adegbile acknowledged that such cases are "harrowing," but he added, "Our commitment in the Constitution is to follow our procedural rules even in those hardest cases, perhaps especially in those hardest cases, so that all of our rights can be vindicated."
At the hearing, Sen.
Committee chairman, Sen.
"He's done exceptional work that has provided me with prudent counsel on many, many issues," Leahy said.
A committee vote is expected soon.