The Senate today blocked Debo Adegbile’s bid to lead the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice amid questions about how he would work with the major law enforcement groups that vigorously opposed his nomination.

Seven Democrats joined Republicans to vote against Adegbile based on the work he and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund did on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted in the murder of a Philadelphia police officer more than 30 years ago.

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