While an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Adegbile successfully argued that constitutional errors in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s trial should result in a new sentencing hearing. State prosecutors later declined to seek a new death sentence and agreed to a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for Abu-Jamal.
“A fundamental tenet of our justice system and our Constitution is that anyone who faces loss of liberty has a right to legal counsel,” Silkenat wrote. “Mr. Adegbile’s work, like the work of ABA members who provide thousands of hours of pro bono legal services every year, is consistent with the finest tradition of this country’s legal profession and should be commended, not condemned.”
Silkenat’s letter is available online.
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