Eight Democratic senators joined Republicans to vote down Debo Adegbile, President Obama's nominee for head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, because of his connection to the infamous Mumia Abu-Jamal 'cop-killer' case.
By and large, Americans still support the death penalty. But concerns about the fairness of its application, and even its costs, are playing a role in the steep drop in executions and convictions.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed an appeals court ruling that would have given Mumia Abu-Jamal a chance to avoid the dealth penalty. Some opponents of capital punishment have championed Abu-Jamal's case.