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Senate Rejects Contentious DOJ Civil Rights Chief Nominee

Law360, Washington (March 5, 2014, 3:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid to advance the nomination of Debo Adegbile to serve as U.S. Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, amid controversy over Adegbile’s role in legal advocacy for a convicted “cop-killer.”

Senators voted 47-52 against cloture on the nomination of Adegbile — who currently serves as senior counsel with the Senate Judiciary Committee — with seven Democrats crossing the floor, despite calls from lawmakers such as Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to support...
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