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December 7, 2001
ONLY the French would bestow honorary citizenship on a convicted cop-killer like Mumia. But are we really surprised? It's just the French being the French! What next? D. McGlinchey Philadelphia About the Michael Smerconish radio fiasco: I never listened to talk radio until he came on the air. I am one of those bleeding-heart liberals he so often derided, but I found his show refreshingly balanced compared to other right-wing radio hosts on WPHT. Smerconish seemed to express his own opinion regarding gun control, the death penalty, health care, tort reform, religion, etc., even where it differed from the standard right-wing rhetoric.
NEWS
May 24, 2006
I CAN'T TELL you how relieved I am at the fact that Lynne Abraham has told us that the killer of Officer Gary Skerski will face the death penalty. Now we can look forward in 20 years to his commencement speech at some liberal college. Mumia revisited. Ron Stokes Philadelphia
NEWS
February 18, 2005
I'VE HAD enough backlash from the Faulkner/ Mumia/Liberty Bell story. To Mumia-ites: Move on with your lives, he's not getting out. I don't know whether he did it or not but the fact remains clear: He was found guilty by a jury of his peers. No matter what you do, this man will never see the light of day outside those bars. To the Faulkner supporters and Maureen Faulkner: It's sad you lost your husband but he was a police officer, and they never know if they will finish their shift.
NEWS
September 26, 2008
THE ONLY consolation in the slaying of yet another of Philadelphia's finest is that the career criminal who killed him was gunned down by police. So we won't be forced to endure another Mumia debacle, where society is still debating whether capital punishment should be imposed on the murderer of a police officer 27 years after the commission of a notorious crime. The hearts of caring Americans go out to the good people of Philadelphia. Oren M. Spiegler Upper Saint Clair, Pa.
NEWS
July 29, 2010
IRONIC would be a polite term for the juxtaposition of the new, improved "reasonable" image Michael Smerconish has been selling lately and and the old Mumia-hating version that still regularly erupts, as in his July 22 column "A suprising tune on Danny Faulkner. " Employing some of the trademark incestuous logic of the kill-Mumia crowd, he boasts that rock mediocrity Gary Cherone, after reading Smerconish's deceptive book on Abu-Jamal, felt compelled to share with Maureen Faulkner a song he'd written in which he vents his confusion about the case.
NEWS
December 14, 2006
ONCE AGAIN, let us put to rest the "excuses" made by Mumia and his stepfords. He did have a jury of his peers. While the makeup was nine whites and three African- Americans (there would have been a fourth, but Wesley Cook - I will not respect him with his other name - excluded this potential juror). Next, you had a witness. A nurse at the hospital where both Officer Faulkner and Wesley Cook were taken (an African-American) stated for the record that she heard Cook say, "I shot the [blank]
NEWS
November 9, 2005
IN HER RECENT letter, Ms. Gaines states that most Philadelphians do not feel the same way about Mumia that Maureen Faulkner does. She goes on to say "it is ironic how much we forget about Philly's past. " It must be true. In the not-so-distant past, most of Philly's populace did feel the same way Ms. Faulkner does about Mumia. Twenty years ago, cop-killers were not held up as heroes. Of course, 20 years ago in Philly, 1,300 people were not being shot in a year, including babies on their way to school.
NEWS
May 24, 2007 | MICHAEL SMERCONISH
DANNY Faulkner has had a good friend in the D.A.'s office. As a matter of fact, he's had three: Ed Rendell, Ron Castille and Lynne Abraham. It was on Rendell's watch that Faulkner was slain 25 years ago. Rendell picked Joe McGill, a top-notch seasoned prosecutor, to try the case. McGill brought home a conviction and death sentence. Castille followed Rendell. A highly decorated Vietnam vet, Castille could be counted on to support the memory of the slain Philly cop. Next came "tough cookie" Abraham, selected to replace "Ronzo" when he quit to run for mayor.
NEWS
August 4, 2000
From the flow of letters criticizing the police for arresting Thomas Jones without the appropriate "sensitivity," it is clear that Jones supporters are primarily the same gang who claim Mumia the Cop-Killer is innocent. Before that, they claimed O.J. Simpson was innocent. Still further back, they are the same crowd supporting the MOVE nitwits who murdered Police Officer Jimmy Ramp. This crowd of police critics is more predictable than North Pole weather. To them, anyone white is guilty, even if nowhere near the crime scene; anyone black is innocent.
NEWS
September 14, 1995
The cops are supposed to serve and protect, but three factors are against them: When they do arrest a person with enough drugs to feed an army, the law says they did it illegally, then turns the seller and drug loose to sell again. When they do get them to court, the judges give them a slap on the wrist. If by chance the judges give them time, they can't serve it, because of overcrowding in the jails. A vicious circle. So there is no recourse but to join in crime.
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April 6, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TO HEAR his advocates tell it, Mumia Abu-Jamal is still in danger, even after being discharged from a small-town hospital in the Coal Region. "When we saw the state he was in, it's very clear what's happening here," Pam Africa, a member of MOVE and longtime Abu-Jamal supporter, told the Daily News yesterday. "They're trying to kill Mumia," she said of the staff at the state correctional institution at Mahanoy. Africa said Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken back to the prison early yesterday from Schuylkill Medical Center, located about 10 miles away in Pottsville.
NEWS
April 5, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mumia Abu-Jamal is back in prison after being hospitalized this week for treatment of diabetes. Abu-Jamal, 60, who is serving a life sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, returned to State Correctional Institution-Mahanoy on Wednesday night after two days in intensive care, said Johanna Fernandez, one of his supporters. His blood-sugar level remains high; Fernandez said it was 336 on Friday afternoon when he was last tested at the prison's infirmary. Any reading above 186 is considered dangerous.
NEWS
April 2, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is "not doing well," his family said Tuesday. Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the state Correctional Institution-Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville on Monday after passing out, his wife, Wadiya Jamal, said outside the hospital. His blood sugar level was very high, 779, when he arrived at the hospital and remains above 300, she said. Anything above 186 is considered dangerously high.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A MAN who was on death row for years may now be at death's door. Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted killer of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, was taken to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville early yesterday, according to Noelle Hanrahan, a spokeswoman for Prison Radio, an online media outlet that works with Abu-Jamal. Hanrahan told the Daily News from the hospital - not far from the State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy, where Abu-Jamal was incarcerated - that none of Abu-Jamal's family, including his brother, Keith Cook, were allowed into the intensive-care unit to see him. The hospital's staff also refused to disclose any information about his condition, citing a mandate from the state Department of Corrections, according to Hanrahan.
NEWS
April 1, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A lawyer representing Mumia Abu-Jamal said the former death-row inmate was hospitalized Monday for an undisclosed reason. Bret Grote, legal director for the Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center, said he and a small group of supporters were told by staff at Schuylkill Medical Center that Abu-Jamal was a patient there. Grote said he saw three prison correctional officers, including a supervisor, guarding the door to a critical-care room where Abu-Jamal was being treated. "We're concerned, about as concerned as it gets, about Mumia's health," Grote said.
NEWS
November 15, 2014
THERE'S NOTHING I would like better than for cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to shut his lying, mellifluous mouth. Infuriatingly, he won't. But is passing a so-called "Muzzle Mumia Law" the right remedy? Coming in response to France's favorite inmate addressing-on-tape some 20 dimwits getting degrees from Mumia's alma mater, Vermont's Goddard College, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a bill allowing crime victims to sue to prevent inmates from making public statements causing "mental anguish.
NEWS
November 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is seeking to overturn a new state law that allows violent-crime victims to sue offenders whose speech continues to cause them "mental anguish. " In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Harrisburg, Abu-Jamal's lawyers said the measure - signed in October - violates the First Amendment rights of prisoners and was specifically targeted to silence him. Abu-Jamal, 60, is serving a life sentence at a state prison in Schuylkill County for the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Just a few feet from the site where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, Gov. Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would aim to stop former offenders from causing victims mental anguish. With Faulkner's widow, Maureen, at his side Corbett said the law was not just about one particular killer. Instead, he gave his rationale for signing what is called the Revictimization Relief Act. "Over the years we've heard much about the constitutional rights of prison inmates, when the focus should be on victims," Corbett said.
NEWS
October 8, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A day after Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed graduates of a Vermont college, a House committee advanced a bill to give the family of the police officer he was convicted of killing a way to shut him up. The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would let crime victims or their relatives seek injunctive relief if the criminals that harmed them seek publicity from the crime in any way. Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) called it unconscionable that Abu-Jamal - serving life for the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner - could get national exposure with a "taxpayer-funded rant.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Invitations to speak at commencement typically go to prominent politicians, A-list celebrities, or, occasionally, a bureaucrat with a free weekend. Students at a Vermont college have gone a different route. They've invited a convicted cop killer. Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life term for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is scheduled to address 20 graduates at Goddard College on Sunday through prerecorded remarks. His conviction remains divisive.
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