Cape Gazette

Coons chastised for no vote on Adegbile

By Janet Orlando | Mar 14, 2014

The following letter was sent to U.S. Sen. Chris Coons with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

I'm writing to tell you that I'm very disappointed in your "No" vote on the President's nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. I read your statement and I do not agree with you at all.

Every person in this country is entitled to a defense and the fact that Adegbile defended a person who was accused of killing a policeman in no way makes him ineligible to serve in the Justice Department. If anything, it should make him better equipped to see all sides of the American justice system...that is, if we actually do have justice in our system today.

Senator Coons, on what I can’t help but see as a related subject, as you well know, here in Delaware, some of our citizens have been attempting to overturn the death penalty. That issue, too, is extremely controversial with the law enforcement community. I can understand the feelings of our policing agencies and their families who put their lives on the line daily protecting the citizens of our towns. I would accept nothing less than the full prosecution of anyone who attempted to harm an officer of the law.

However, in our supposedly domesticated society, the examples we set are seen by our youth and those lessons are carried along with them through the generations.

I think it's time that we started to understand that the continued use of punitive actions and violence against one another - whether in the lack of understanding that all people are created equal under our laws and deserve to be seen as innocent until proven guilty, or that the continued use of the death penalty in this country - is cruel and unusual punishment and must be stopped. We are one of the last few civilized countries in the world that still utilize a death penalty!

Thank you for your consideration of my thoughts.

Janet Orlando

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