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A surprising tune on Philadelphia officer Danny Faulkner's murder
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 07/22/2010 | Michael Smerconish

Posted on 07/22/2010 6:17:04 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen

MAUREEN Faulkner isn't used to having the cult of celebrity on her side. If actors, singers or intellectuals get involved in the case that's dominated her life for three decades, it's usually on the side of the man who murdered her husband, Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

That list is extensive, to say the least. It includes Maya Angelou, Alec Baldwin, Naomi Campbell, Noam Chomsky, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's, Roger Ebert, Mike Farrell, Henry Louis Gates, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Casey Kasem, Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Paul Newman, Peter Norton, Sister Helen Prejean, Rage Against the Machine, Rep. Charles Rangel, Tim Robbins, Salman Rushdie, Susan Sarandon, Gloria Steinem, Sting, Michael Stipe, Oliver Stone and Cornel West.

But Gary Cherone is different

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: danielfaulkner; extreme; faulkner; garycherone; mumia; smerconish

1 posted on 07/22/2010 6:17:08 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; brityank; JrsyJack; Palin4ever; ..
*** Philly Metro Ping ***

2 posted on 07/22/2010 6:20:31 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Good for Gary! Sadly, he’ll now be publicly labeled as a “racist” and his career will be down to playing state fairs in red states.

3 posted on 07/22/2010 6:21:29 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Rest in Peace has an extremely conservative message.

Therefore it didn't surprise me when Extreme disappeared after a very strong & short debut.

4 posted on 07/22/2010 6:26:39 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kid Shelleen

The only one on that list that surprised me was Paul Newman.

I know Newman was extremely liberal, but I guess I thought he had more sense and class than to sympathize with a cop-murdering lowlife like Mumia.

Mumia should be fried, not freed, btw.

5 posted on 07/22/2010 6:30:18 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! SERPENTINE!)
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To: DemforBush
I know Newman was extremely liberal, but I guess I thought he had more sense and class than to sympathize with a cop-murdering lowlife like Mumia.

I always got the impression that Newman was highly influenced by his wife, Joanne Woodward.

Let's face it; a true hardcore liberal never would have taken the role of Reg Dunlop ;-)

6 posted on 07/22/2010 6:55:40 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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7 posted on 07/22/2010 6:56:29 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (The buck, it seems, never gets to Obama; a surprise considering how many they print)
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To: Kid Shelleen


Before, during, and after the moment he fired the fatal shot on December 9, 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s actions have been consistent with his guilt, and have been consistent with nothing else but his guilt. He has done nothing that an innocent person would do if accused and convicted of murder. All the evidence points to Jamal as the killer. You be the judge.

FACT: As a young man, Jamal had a long history of hatred against the law enforcement officers. While he was a Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal wrote, “I for one feel like putting down the pen....LET’S WRITE EPITAPHS FOR PIGS.” Jamal has stated that he used his position in the Black Panthers to call for a “black revolution in America” and that “political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”

FACT: A total of five eyewitnesses have testified that they saw Mumia Abu-Jamal run from a parking lot and shoot Officer Faulkner to death as the officer attempted to arrest Jamal’s brother. None of these eyewitnesses knew each other. Each gave their accounts within minutes of the shooting, and the accounts agreed with each other in every significant detail. Several of these individuals stated that — in some cases from less than 30 feet away — they watched as Jamal repeatedly fired at the fallen and unarmed officer from point blank range. One even stated that Jamal took the time to bend down and fire the final shot into the wounded officer’s face from less than a foot away and that the officer’s “whole body jerked” when the shot hit his face. Was each and every one of these eyewitnesses - including a man called by Jamal’s own lawyers in 1995, Robert Harkins - “confused” about what they saw, as Jamal and his attorneys allege?

FACT: Within a few minutes of the shooting, three of the eyewitnesses personally identified Mumia Abu-Jamal to police at the scene as the man who had shot Officer Faulkner. Again, none of these individuals knew each other. They had no time to find what other witnesses were going to say. Nor was there time for police to “coerce” or “intimidate” them prior to making their identifications. The police had no way of knowing what story to “coerce” witnesses to tell even if they had wanted to. Each witness watched from a different vantage point, and several stated that they never lost sight of Jamal from the moment the shooting stopped, until the police apprehended him and placed him in the van. Were these eyewitnesses all “mistaken” about what they saw, as Jamal and his attorneys now argue?

FACT: Jamal was apprehended only 10 feet away from Officer Faulkner’s body. In his chest, Jamal had a bullet fired from Officer Faulkner’s gun. If the officer was shot by a “phantom killer,” as Jamal’s lawyers contend, he would have shot the gunman, not Jamal. The eyewitnesses all said that Jamal shot the officer in the back before the officer even knew Jamal was there.

FACT: The gun found next to Jamal was owned by Jamal and registered in his name. Does an “innocent man” run to the scene of an arrest with his gun in his hand if he doesn’t intend to use it?

FACT: Jamal’s gun contained five spent casings from unique high velocity special +P ammunition. These casings were the exact brand (Federal), caliber (.38) and type (high velocity +P with a hollow base) of ammunition retrieved from Officer Faulkner’s brain. Is it reasonable to believe that an “innocent man” just happened to load his gun with exact same ammunition that the “real killer” used in his gun?

FACT: The rifling characteristics of the bullet removed from Officer Faulkner’s brain showed that it was fired from a barrel with 8 lands and grooves and a right hand direction of twist. This is identical to the rifling characteristics of the barrel of Jamal’s gun. Is it a coincidence that an “innocent man” just happened to load his gun with the same unique ammunition as the “real killer” AND have the same riffling pattern in the barrel of his gun as the “real killer”?

FACT: Jamal’s brother, William Cook, saw the murder unfold. When police arrived at the scene — less than one minute after the shooting — they found Cook against a wall a few feet away from the dead officer’s body. Cook’s only comment was, “I ain’t got nothin to do with this.” Would not the brother of an “innocent man” say something like, “The guy who shot the cop ran away.” or “My brother didn’t do it”? In fact, to this day, Cook is the only known eyewitness (other than Jamal himself) who has never testified to what he saw. He has never so much as suggested that his brother might be innocent.

FACT: The jury knew that William Cook was the closest person to the murder. Yet the jury never heard Cook testify on his brother’s behalf. It does not require a degree in rocket science to understand the significance of the fact that Cook would allow his brother to be sentenced to death rather than testify to his supposed innocence. Is it believable that an “innocent” Mumia Abu-Jamal would simply accept his brother’s silence and not demand to have him testify to his innocence in order to save him from conviction?

FACT: On June 21, 1982 , Officer Faulkner’s blood stained shirt was displayed in the courtroom. Jamal deliberately turned around and grinned at Officer Faulkner’s widow as her husband’s shirt was displayed. Several witnesses saw this. Such a calculated act of evil is not characteristic of an innocent man.

FACT: Throughout the trial and at the sentencing hearing the jury saw Mumia Abu-Jamal explode with loud violent outbursts, obscenities, verbal threats and diatribes against the judge, the prosecutor, his own attorney, and even the jurors themselves. Were these the acts of an “innocent man”?

FACT: Jamal insulted and refused to speak with the lawyer he himself had selected prior to trial. He then refused to be represented by any lawyer at all. Instead, he demanded to have John Africa, the leader of a radical cult called MOVE, act as his lawyer. Would an “innocent man” concerned with keeping his freedom, as opposed to making his trial a political forum, make such absurd demands? Or would an “innocent man” work to provide his highly qualified and experienced attorney — an attorney he hand picked — with every bit of information and evidence he could muster that supported his innocence?

FACT: Though given two chances (the trial in 1982 and the PCRA hearing in 1996) to take the stand and explain his alleged “innocence,” Mumia Abu-Jamal has refused to do so. In fact, he has refused to tell anyone what really happened on the morning Officer Faulkner was murdered; including the legion of reporters from around the world who line up to interview him. Would an “innocent man” keep the facts that prove his supposed innocence a secret?

FACT: At his sentencing hearing, Mumia Abu Jamal threatened Judge Albert Sabo in front of the entire courtroom when he said, “I’m going to tell you one thing: You have sentenced yourself, just like Judge Malmed, just like Malcolm, just like Merna Marshal, and every other Judge who dares to sit up there and act like you got some justice. You are wrong. You have just been sentenced to death. You have just been convicted!” (N.T. 5/25/83, 165)

Are these the words of an “innocent man”?

“Justice cannot be achieved until those who are not injured by crime feel as indignant as those who are.”
- King Solomon

8 posted on 07/22/2010 6:58:04 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Most of the people on that list are simply knee-jerk liberal dumb asses that have not, will not, take the time to read and evaluate the facts of the case.

Instead, they react to the "poor, downtrodden black man" propaganda with their usual "compassionate" liberalism horse crap.

Taken individually, each person listed, is, unfortunately, a freaking idiot.

Not a damned one of them has anything of subsistence to say about anything at all.

I cannot find a single one of them that has contributed anything of substance to society, except for the contributions of a much younger Paul Newman, from "Cool Hand Luke", a movie in which he even then portrayed a godless, mindless idiot with what many would like to describe as a streak of rebelliousness, but was, in truth, just stupidity and a weakness of mind.

To hell with all of them.

Mumia is guilty as hell...fry him...sooner rather that later.

9 posted on 07/22/2010 6:58:59 PM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and Obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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"Let's face it; a true hardcore liberal never would have taken the role of Reg Dunlop ;-)"

Slapshot= Greatest. Sports Movie. Ever. :-)

10 posted on 07/22/2010 7:09:24 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! SERPENTINE!)
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To: Repeat Offender

Yeah! Now yer talkin’!

11 posted on 07/22/2010 7:10:26 PM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! SERPENTINE!)
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To: DemforBush
Slapshot= Greatest. Sports Movie. Ever. :-)

12 posted on 07/22/2010 7:22:20 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Mumia is an unbelievably evil POS and so are his stupid-a** supporters. I wonder how many of the “Free Mumia” crowd would let this ‘innocent’ man stay in their houses for the weekend. Jerks.

13 posted on 07/22/2010 7:59:04 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Those names remind me of the “bar scene in Star Wars”. Freaks, mutants, inhuman, and USELESS.

14 posted on 07/22/2010 8:00:34 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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Michael Smerconish, who just couldn’t bring himself to ask 0 how he feels about Mumia, ping

15 posted on 07/22/2010 8:20:12 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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The more they support him, the worse they look. Mumia is perhaps the most obviously guilty individual ever to stand trial. One of the comments said it best. “Mumia is a perpetual motion Willie Horton.”

16 posted on 07/22/2010 9:04:30 PM PDT by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!!!)
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