Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has decided to take the death penalty off the table in the case of Black Panther member Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted of shooting police officer Daniel Faulkner 30 years ago. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death, but had the sentence overturned by a federal appeals court which found that the jury instructions may have been misleading.  The DA was given the choice of conducting a new sentencing hearing or sentencing Abu-Jamal to life in prison.

The 30th anniversary of Officer Faulkner’s death will be remembered on Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at Keswick Hall in Glen, PA.  A movie about his death , The Barrel of the Gun, will be shown.   A panel discussion hosted by Talk Radio WPHT 1210’s  Michael Smerconish, Officer Faulkner’s widow Maureen, representatives from the DA’s office, the film’s director, and others will follow the movie.  Tickets are $20.

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