Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Officer's Widow Counters Mumia Campaign
AP via SFGate ^ | 12/4/7 | KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 12/04/2007 8:56:05 AM PST by SmithL

PHILADELPHIA, (AP) -- It's a case that has been examined and re-examined for more than two decades: the murder of a white police officer by a former Black Panther.

Mumia Abu-Jamal's fatal shooting of Daniel Faulkner has become one of the most prominent death row cases in the world. But throughout 26 years of litigation, one part of the story has been largely overshadowed.

The officer's widow, Maureen Faulkner, talks about her side of the case in "Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice," a book written with political pundit and conservative radio talk-show host Michael Smerconish. The book is being released Thursday by a small publisher, The Lyons Press, an imprint of The Globe Pequot Press.

"It's been a therapy for me. It really has. The truth is now on paper on what happened the night Danny was murdered," Faulkner said in a recent interview.

The memoir chronicles Faulkner's attempt to rebuild her life as she fights Abu-Jamal's numerous appeals, travels the country to debunk what she calls myths about the case and strives to ensure that her husband is not forgotten.

Daniel Faulkner was a 25-year-old newlywed when he was gunned down Dec. 9, 1981. A jury concluded Abu-Jamal shot Faulkner several times after seeing the officer scuffle with Abu-Jamal's brother, who had been pulled over in downtown Philadelphia. The verdict has withstood numerous appeals.

But Abu-Jamal, a one-time journalist, has garnered worldwide support for claims that he was the victim of a biased U.S. justice system. His message has resonated particularly on college campuses and in the movie and music industries — actors Mike Farrell and Tim Robbins were among dozens of luminaries who used a New York Times ad to advocate for a new trial, and the Beastie Boys played a concert...

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: filthydelphia; frymumia; philadelphia; tookietime

1 posted on 12/04/2007 8:56:06 AM PST by SmithL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SmithL

They haven’t executed that worthless piece of misery yet?


2 posted on 12/04/2007 8:57:07 AM PST by lesser_satan (READ MY LIPS: NO NEW RINOS | FRED THOMPSON - DUNCAN HUNTER '08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lesser_satan

I thought he was dead.


3 posted on 12/04/2007 8:58:05 AM PST by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire, but I swear I didn't see it in my rear view mirror.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

His message has resonated particularly on college campuses and in the movie and music industries

yep...................


4 posted on 12/04/2007 9:00:58 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Mumia Abu-jamal murdered officer Faulkner...period.
There is no dispute.
Witnesses saw him shoot Faulkner.
Mumia was shot by Faulkner.
Faulkner was killed by a gun owned by Mumia, incidentally, said gun was found on Mumia at the scene.
At the hospital after the shooting, Mumia admitted to killing Faulkner.
To this day, Mumia has never offered a contradictory explanation.


5 posted on 12/04/2007 9:03:04 AM PST by threeleftsmakearight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BipolarBob

Fry Mumia!!!


6 posted on 12/04/2007 9:04:40 AM PST by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW , Vote Hunter in the Primary)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Mumia Abu-Jamal's fatal shooting of Daniel Faulkner has become one of the most prominent death row cases in the world.

I do believe Mumia's sentence has been commuted to life-without-parole. He's off death row.

7 posted on 12/04/2007 9:25:51 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rummyfan

I think they’re still appealing.

It’s gone back and forth. His lawyers appeal, then the Commonwealth appeals. Best I could find is that arguments were heard in May to re-instate the death penalty.


8 posted on 12/04/2007 9:35:27 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Fry Mumia!!!

Want to get more riled up?

http://www.mumia.org//freedom.now/

It’s a super fun page of crapola.


9 posted on 12/04/2007 9:35:56 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Fry Mumia!!!!


10 posted on 12/04/2007 9:37:24 AM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: threeleftsmakearight

On his website, the explanation now seems to be “he (Faulkner) brought it on himself”.


11 posted on 12/04/2007 9:40:59 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (I support global warming.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
Mumia Abu-Jamal was serving as the President of the Association of Black Journalists at the time of his arrest. He was a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Panther Party as a teenager. Years later he began reporting professionally on radio stations such as NPR.

So, a founding member of a chapter of the Black Panther's is allowed to 'report' for NPR?!

12 posted on 12/04/2007 9:43:23 AM PST by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hoodlum91
Mumia's more recent appeals have counted on there being no (living) witnesses, they're all dying off.

If an appeal EVER succeeds it will be the biggest farce ever perpetrated on the US justice system.

13 posted on 12/04/2007 9:45:09 AM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
You will notice that there aren't m/any Philadelphia natives on that celebrity list of Mumia supporters. Anyone from the area made up their mind decades ago on just who the real victim is in this case.

It ain't Mumia!

14 posted on 12/04/2007 10:35:12 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: skeeter

What is the current theory for Mumia, that he did not shoot Officer Faulkner, or that it was justified?


15 posted on 12/04/2007 10:56:13 AM PST by gridlock (Recycling is the new Religion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: gridlock

bump for later


16 posted on 12/04/2007 11:04:29 AM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

I hope that someone out there donates a copy of the book to the library at Evergreen State College.

That leftist hellhole had Mumia as their commencement speak about 5 years ago.

On a sidenote, I’d like to see Caterpillar donate a copy of their corporate history to the library as well. Being that Rachel Corrie attended that school, I don’t think the irony would be missed by many.


17 posted on 12/04/2007 12:10:22 PM PST by MplsSteve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gridlock

My current theory is that some people just like criminals more than they like police.


18 posted on 12/04/2007 1:01:32 PM PST by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: gridlock

The last time I read anything on the subject the claim was Mumia saw his brother being hassled by the officer & he was attacked when attempting to intervene.


19 posted on 12/04/2007 1:56:48 PM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: gridlock

However, Mumia has had a tough time convincing the board thus far as the last shot or two was execution style in the downed officer’s face. Witnesses or no that little detail is tough to justify.


20 posted on 12/04/2007 1:59:22 PM PST by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SmithL
I ran into one of Mumia's supporters once on MSNBC chat (John Gibson's Show) years ago. He threatened to find me, and eviscerate me while still alive, among other things.

Caused quite a stir on that chat line. They are some sick, violent people.

21 posted on 12/04/2007 2:01:07 PM PST by mware (Americans in arm chairs doing the work of the media.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SmithL

Wesley Cook should die already.


22 posted on 12/04/2007 2:15:25 PM PST by Popman (My doohickey is discombobulated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson