(LibertySons.org) – President Joe Biden nominated Judge Todd Edelman to the US District Court for the District of Columbia in 2022. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) launched a campaign against the Superior Court judge after learning someone he released later pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a child. The POTUS has now given up on the nominee.
Biden didn’t renew Edelman’s nomination at the beginning of the year. The decision came after he was unable to drum up the required support to get the nomination through. Blackburn led the opposition to his nomination because of the death of 11-year-old Davon McNeal.
According to reports, in May 2020, Christian Wingfield was in a DC jail awaiting trial on two charges. One was for possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, and the other was for a felon in possession of a firearm. Edelman released him from pre-trial detention after an emergency motion related to the national health crisis.
His initial request was denied by another judge because of the government reportedly opposed it. However, it was later revealed the government did not file any opposition. Because of his minimal criminal history, which didn’t include any violent offenses, he was released on electronic monitoring.
Three months after Wingfield’s release, he was at a barbeque with three other men: Marcel Gordon, Daryle Bond, and Carlo General. General fired a shot that killed McNeal, who had exited a car and was running toward a house. Gordon also fired a shot in the same direction. Wingfield and Bond were both armed but never fired their weapons.
Eventually, they were all arrested. Wingfield pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter because he ran down the street with the group, so he was associated with the crime. He received nine-and-a-half years in prison.
Although Edelman followed the law and Wingfield didn’t technically kill anyone, his association with the crime was enough. It left too great a stain on the judge’s reputation.
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