An outrageous break for cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
Maureen Faulkner is “absolutely outraged” by a judge’s order giving Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man who murdered her police officer husband in 1981, another path to freedom. She’s not the only one.
Recall: Ex-Black Panther Abu-Jamal, nee Wesley Cook, shot then-25-year-old Officer Daniel Faulkner in the back and face during a Philadelphia traffic stop.
Ballistics confirmed Faulkner was killed with Abu-Jamal’s gun. Three eyewitnesses identified him as the killer. For years, he denied having committed the crime.
Yet 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.
His life was spared after winning an appeal over flawed jury instructions; he was resentenced to life without parole. Now, six years after the court nixed another appeal, Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker has ordered that court to reconsider.
Why? Ex-Chief Justice Ronald Castille, who heard the appeal, was Philadelphia DA when it prosecuted Abu-Jamal. And though he wasn’t directly involved in the trial and wasn’t asked to recuse himself, a US Supreme Court ruling overturned a death sentence in a similar case involving him.
Current Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner is facing pressure not to challenge Tucker’s ruling. But justice in this case — which has been sorely lacking for Maureen Faulkner and her family — demands he do so.
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