Convicted cop-killer and ex-Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has been granted a new trial by a Pennsylvania judge, meaning he might be a free man in the not too distant future. 

Abu-Jamal was found guilty after he shot a Philadelphia officer at a traffic stop in 1981. Officer Daniel Faulkner was just 25 when he was killed.

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Abu-Jamal spent three decades on death row. Yet that was prior to his sentence in the shooting death of Officer Daniel Faulkner getting tossed out over flawed jury instructions. (Screenshot Fox News broadcast)

 

In December, a new appeal hearing was granted. Why? Because former Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who originally heard the appeal, was Philadelphia District Attorney when Abu-Jamal was prosecuted.

He wasn’t directly involved in the trial. He wasn’t asked to recuse himself.

But apparently that was enough to make a difference.

Over the course of the last few months, Larry Krasner, the current district attorney, had fought the decision, stating that it could overturn a large number of convictions in the city if they were to proceed.

 

That district attorney withdrew his opposition to this week.

Let’s go over that evidence again.

3 witnesses were able to confirm Abu-Jamal’s identity as the killer.

Ballistics was able to confirm that Abu-Jamal’s gun was the weapon that fired the rounds into Faulkner’s face and back, killing him.

But the former Black Panther has continuously denied his role in Faulkner’s death.

 

Abu-Jamal had originally been sentenced to death, but in 2001 his sentence was overturned and downgraded to life imprisonment.

Back in January, following the decision to grant Abu-Jamal a new appeal, Faulkner’s widow, Maureen said she was “absolutely outraged” by the announcement.

Abu-Jamal is one of the world’s best known convicted killers. (Wikipedia)

 

It’s not hard to understand where’s she’s coming from. All evidence is conclusive and multiple witnesses confirmed what happened. Now this man may be able to walk out of jail on a technicality?

Abu-Jamal joined the Black Panthers at the age of 14. He’s been used as a political statement for years and is often referred to as the “world’s best known death-row inmate.”

“The left glorified him as a political prisoner and victim of a racist judicial system. NPR made him an on-air commentator; college campuses invited him to speak via remote. Celebrities marched for him,” a report from NYP in January noted.

 

Why are we doing this? Who benefits here?

Besides the obvious… a man who belongs in jail that might walk.

Not only is the justice system basically allowing a technicality to dictate the future of a convicted killer, but even if the conviction holds strong, what did Pennsylvania officials just put this poor woman through?

Why should Maureen Faulkner have to reopen wounds after they should finally be starting to heal?

As police and supporters from around the country, we can’t allow this reversal of justice go quietly into the night. Make your voice heard!

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