April 24, 1999 |
Pennsylvania death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal is a worldwide media sensation, but last night, the spotlight was on Daniel Faulkner, the young Philadelphia police officer he was convicted of killing. More than 800 friends and supporters of the Faulkner family gathered at the Union League in Center City to pay tribute and remember the 25-year-old officer who was gunned down in the line of duty. They gathered on the eve of a demonstration of support for Abu-Jamal at rallies culminating at City Hall.
September 24, 2010 |
Just got off the phone with Philadelphia filmmaker Tigre Hill, whose documentary The Barrel of a Gun , which gives an uncompromising perspective on Mumia Abu-Jamal, premiered this week at the Merriam Theater. One of the things I admire about Hill, whom I've known for more than 10 years, is that his work is always provocative - whether you agree with it or not. But I've got to admit, I left the screening of his movie shaking my head in disbelief. And I had to tell him so. Let's see. On one side, you've got the do-gooder prosecutor and the stalwart Police Department.
August 4, 1999 |
Convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and his supporters went on the attack yesterday against the former prison volunteer who said that Abu-Jamal confessed to the 1981 killing of police officer Daniel Faulkner during a jailhouse visit in the early 1990s. It was the latest salvo in the raging public relations war over the future of the death-row inmate, whose appeals for a new trial have been consistently rejected by state courts, only to be championed in the court of public opinion by left-leaning celebrities, social anarchists and anti-death penalty advocates.
April 23, 1999
By the tens of thousands, caring people are expected to come to Philadelphia to march for justice. Yet tomorrow's event cannot possibly advance the cause of justice. There will be banners decrying police misconduct - a grave problem that has disgraced departments in Philadelphia, New York and around the country. But the dedicated opponents of uniformed brutality, racism and corruption are undercutting their credibility by marching and rallying on behalf of a convicted cop-killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal.
June 25, 1997 |
Maureen Faulkner, the widow of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner, is accusing City Council President John Street of being a "promoter" for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man convicted of killing her husband. Faulkner, who made her comments in a letter to the Daily News, was reacting to a June 4 Council briefing arranged by Street for Abu-Jamal supporters. Only Street and two other Council members Street attended the briefing in Council's caucus room. Abu-Jamal supporters had lobbied Council to pass a resolution in support of the cop-killer's request for a new trial but failed to gain a single sponsor.
April 5, 2000
A hearing tomorrow at the Criminal Justice Center will determine whether former Police Officer Christopher DiPasquale is charged with murder in the killing of Donta Dawson. There is an epidemic of police killings and violations of the democratic rights of black and Puerto Rican people across this country. Why are police never convicted of killing unarmed African or Puerto Rican people (Amadou Diallo in New York, Dawson in Philadelphia)? When statistics show that crime is dropping in all categories, why is there a boom in the profitable prison industry?
May 25, 1995
Some people who oppose the death penalty are always looking for someone to put a sympathetic face on their cause. Unfortunately for them, there aren't many sympathetic faces on death row. That's the only possible explanation for the fact that Mumia Abu-Jamal is an international hero. The former radio reporter was convicted of firing a bullet into the bridge of a police officer's nose as he lay wounded on the ground, killing him instantly. Most of his supporters are linked to fringe anti-execution or civil-rights groups who find Jamal the perfect poster child for their beliefs.
July 1, 1995 |
In its first legal response to death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal last month for a new trial, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has argued that the judge who initially presided over the 1982 trial should also hear the appeal. Abu-Jamal's appeal contended that Common Pleas Court Judge Albert F. Sabo had showed himself to be prejudiced against the defendant in the tumultuous trial, and that he could not fairly rule on the appeal. But Assistant District Attorney Hugh Burns yesterday filed a brief arguing that Sabo could be impartial and should not recuse himself.
August 15, 1995 |
The controversial case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the black journalist and political radical sentenced to die for the 1981 murder of white police officer Daniel Faulkner, has raised a lot of questions, not just about the specifics of this particular case, but about the issue of fairness in our criminal justice system. Mostly, those questions circle around the issue of racial equity. Sadly, however, I have discovered a subtle anti-gay element is this disturbing case. Recently, I was speaking with former assistant district attorney Joseph McGill, who prosecuted the case in 1982.
June 12, 1999 |
Imagine you've just spent thousands on your child's education. After four years, you show up at the graduation ceremony hoping to hear a commencement address that will inspire your youngster to go out into the world and make it a better place. And who do you get? Mumia Abu-Jamal. A convicted cop-killer - talking about the Declaration of Independence. "If I was a parent and put my child through school, I'd be absolutely outraged," said Mike Lutz, president of the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.