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MumiaAs of now Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for a murder he might not have committed. He has already served 30 years of that. But the death penalty is now and forever off the table because the City of Philadelphia does not want to risk putting this case back before the courts in any size, shape or fashion. It might not be their choice.


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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The city D.A. announced today that they have given up their fight to execute Mumia Abu-Jamal, the journalist many people believe was unjustly convicted of killing a city police officer thirty years ago Friday, opting instead to allow him to serve a life term. Despite this, Mumia’s supporters have vowed to continue their efforts to prove his innocence and free him from prison.

"There's never been any doubt in my mind that Mumia Abu-Jamal shot and killed Officer Faulkner. I believe that the appropriate sentence was handed down by a jury of his peers in 1982," District Attorney Seth Williams, the city's first black district attorney, said in a press conference today. "While Abu-Jamal will no longer be facing the death penalty, he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life, and that is where he belongs."

On December 9, 1981, Police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot killed during a traffic stop involving Mumia’s brother on 13th and Locust St. Mumia, a local popular journalist that spoke out on behalf of the poor and black communities, was moonlighting as a cab driver when shot by Faulkner as he approached the traffic stop and was at the scene when police arrived. After being convicted and sentenced to death, evidence began to mount that witnesses were coerced into implicating Mumia in the Faulkner shooting, the investigation into the shooting was incomplete and some evidence presented seemed to have been fabricated. One infamous instance was the report that Mumia remarked upon being taken to the hospital, “I shot the motherfucker and I hope he dies”, but this statement didn’t first appear on any reports until two months after the incident and just after Mumia filed a police brutality complaint. On the evening of the shooting, a report was filed that indicated, “The Negro made no statements.”

Mumia case became an international rallying cry for those opposed to police brutality, the death penalty and racial injustice. Furthering his support were his writings and radio reports from prison, including a stint on NPR.

In 2001, Mumia death sentence was overturned because the trial judge’s instructions to the jury were faulty and the jury form was misleading. In October the Supreme Court refused to hear the city appeals, leaving them with the option to seek a new sentencing hearing or let him serve a life sentence. Before the press conference, writer Dave Lindorff predicted that D.A. Williams would not pursue a new hearing because today’s social climate is not as racist as it was thirty years ago, Mumia being a model citizen may receive time served, and the possibility of the sentencing hearing sparking another trial. “This means that those of us who believe that Abu-Jamal's original trial was a scandal of the worst proportions, and that his guilt was never proven, thanks to the epic misconduct of the prosecution, the induced lying by prosecution witnesses, the clear pro-prosecution bias of the judge, the ineptness of the defense attorney, the racist packing of the jury, the lack of funding for any defense experts, and myriad other flaws, will have to work all the harder at trying to win this long-suffering victim of the American injustice system a new trial, not on the penalty, but on his original conviction,” he wrote.

On Friday, there will be an event at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia to observe the 30

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 00:39  


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Jim Traficant, Rot In Hell!


Oh, Jim Traficant. The "colorful", "maverick", "populist" congressman from Ohio who died days after a tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on his family farm (soon to be changed by the conspiracy theorists he palled around with to "assasinated") is being lauded in death by publications like Politico as "our kind of crook"  but when you see that he is also being called "hero of the people" by a neo-Nazi website, pause is in order. Traficant might have been all the adjectives they use about him, but he was a raging anti-Semite that defended Nazi war criminal Demjanjuk and upon being released from prison after being convicted ofbribary, tax fraud, racketeering, among other things, blamed Jews for his incarceration and while he was at it, accused them of running the world. He was a regular around the anti-Semites of note, speaking at events put on by Willis Carto's American Free Press (AFP) and by the band Poker Face. He was also frequented the Tea Party rallies from a few years ago, and when he wasn't there his supporters were there promoting runs for congress, as we saw when they came out to Kent State in 2010. In the video, one supporter said in the video he was no longer involved with AFP, but last summer (that's four years later) he was hawking the launch of a new organization of his through the AFP who on the organization's website as supporting them with office space and support staff in DC. Traficant was a non-entity for the most part, which is why all the talk about him in his passing has been about his colorful tenure as a congressman, but even then, that color was lost on decent people who saw how dark and decrepit he truly was.


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