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By Kim Glovas

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and several other elected officials are calling on citizens to call their Senators, to oppose a nomination to the Department of Justice.

Debo Adegbile, a former defender of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been nominated to head the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ (see related story). But U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and others are calling for the nominee to be withdrawn. Toomey says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will ultimately decide.

“It is in his hands whether and when the case of confirming this nominee, would be put on the senate floor for an up or down vote, that can occur at any time and that’s why we are doing everything we can now to persuade our colleagues to oppose that.”

Toomey, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, State Representative John Taylor and First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann are all opposed to the nomination. Abu-Jamal was convicted for the 1981 murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner.

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