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August 28, 1995
Black men and women who think Mumia Abu-Jamal is a "victim" because of race: Did Daniel Faulkner ask to be killed? Mumia Abu-Jamal is a cold-blooded killer who deserves to die. It's just a shame he can't be executed in the cruel manner that Officer Faulkner was. Lethal injection is too pleasant a death for someone like Mumia. The only way justice could possibly be served would be to take him to 13th and Locust and shoot him between the eyes. TRACY ROST Mullica Hill, N.J. To all inmates at Graterford: You guys want to lighten up on me a bit?
NEWS
September 1, 1995
The official media line coming out of the hearings - reflected in your Aug. 17 editorial - is that no new information has surfaced to indicate Mumia Abu- Jamal's innocence. To prove innocence, however, was not the goal of these proceedings; it was to demonstrate that key elements of the original trial were flawed. Nevertheless, some of the testimony was astounding. We learned that driver's identification papers found in fallen Police Officer Daniel Faulkner's hand belonged to neither Mumia nor his brother, but to a third man who said he had lent them to a fourth.
NEWS
July 23, 1995 | By Marc Kaufman and Julia Cass, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The image of Philadelphia justice plays a central role in the belief of thousands of people across the United States and the world that death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent and did not get a fair trial. The Philadelphia police who arrested him in 1981 had a reputation, acquired especially during the years in which Frank Rizzo was police commissioner and mayor, for toughness bordering on brutality. Even today, scores of drug convictions are being overturned because Philadelphia police officers planted evidence on innocent people, then lied about it in court.
NEWS
September 8, 1995 | BY GUY ANTHONY
Mayor Rendell and others have referred to support for Mumia Abu-Jamal as a phenomenon of "outsiders" with little support in the Philadelphia area. Most recent to join in this attempt to dismiss the growing call for justice is Daily News staff writer Jim Nolan, whose portrayal of anyone to the left of George Lincoln Rockwell as part of some sort of radical fringe went out with McCarthyism. Nolan's reference to New Yorkers as from "that other country" is reminiscent of the Southern bigots of three decades ago who complained bitterly of "Northern agitators comin' down here to stir things up. " For many Philadelphians, this is a city under siege from within.
NEWS
October 3, 1995
GERINGER OMITS COURT MISCONDUCT IN THE TRIAL OF ABU-JAMAL Dan Geringer's column (Sept. 18) represents a journalistic counterpart to a Mark Fuhrman (of O.J. Simpson trial fame) type detective, who boasted on tape that "you have to get out on the street, learn how to lie, cheat and set people up. " Geringer romanticized Danny and Maureen's blissful life together before Danny was slain by the "convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal," but fails to reveal the significant evidence of malfeasance by court and prosecution throughout Jamal's trial.
NEWS
July 28, 1995
Your misguided editorial on the convicted Marxist-Leninist, Mumia Abu- Jamal, says:"The orchestrated worldwide campaign has generated enough doubt to justify serious consideration of a retrial. " I do not recall reading in our Constitution that trial is now by worldwide approval. Perhaps you would like to amend the Constitution to read that trial shall be best out of five, that if you do not like the verdict, you get a few more passes. I prefer what those "insensitive" founding fathers decided - a trial by a jury of one's peers.
NEWS
August 20, 2010
ANY time the Daily News publishes a reasonably intelligent letter challenging the conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal, you can expect a small torrent of invective-laden replies that speak to none of the points in question. An example of this is in the "responses" to a July 29 letter from Nathaniel Miller criticizing the mob mentality of those clamoring to "fry Mumia. " Kevin McGrorty ( Aug. 3 ) implores the writer to "be sure you have your facts correct" before writing, but fails to point out any inaccuracies.
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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 15, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - As the General Assembly returns this week for its final voting days of the 2013-14 legislative session, there is little certainty about which bills will ultimately reach the governor's desk. But two of Gov. Corbett's top priorities - liquor privatization and pension reform - are not likely to be among them. After debating those issues for two years, it appears that the House and Senate will adjourn without reaching agreement on single pieces of legislation to privatize the State Stores or address skyrocketing pension costs by shifting state employees to a 401(k)
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 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police held a silent vigil Sunday in protest of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal's commencement speech at a small Vermont college. Abu-Jamal, a onetime death row inmate, is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. He spoke by video to 20 students receiving bachelor degrees from Goddard College, from which he earned a degree in prison. "Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better," Abu-Jamal said in the video.
NEWS
October 4, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) urged a Vermont college Thursday to revoke its invitation to have Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker, blasting the decision to give the platform to a convicted cop killer. "Is there any crime so heinous that Goddard would not reward the perpetrator with a spot as commencement speaker?" Toomey asked in his letter to Robert Kenny, the interim president of tiny Goddard College. On Sunday afternoon the school is scheduled to have Abu-Jamal address 20 graduates in a prerecorded speech from prison.
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The civil rights lawyer whose path to a prominent post in the Obama administration was blocked by connections to the Mumia Abu-Jamal case has withdrawn as a nominee and joined a high-profile law firm. Debo Adegbile, whose nomination to lead the Justice Department's civil rights division was derailed in March by a charged Senate vote, has joined Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr L.L.P. as a partner, the firm announced Monday. In an interview, Adegbile defended his work on Abu-Jamal's case, which drew a chorus of criticism led by Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.)
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - To many Democrats, Debo Adegbile was a renowned voting rights lawyer, the perfect pick to lead the Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights. To Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and the Fraternal Order of Police, he was a lawyer who took part in a widespread effort to lionize one of Philadelphia's most notorious criminals, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Because Democrats control the Senate, President Obama had the upper hand. But with a famous cop killer hanging over the vote, Toomey turned Abu-Jamal's celebrity status against him and rounded up Republicans and seven Democrats to block Adegbile's ascent last week.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DISTRICT Attorney Seth Williams, typically an ardent supporter of President Obama, joined with congressional Republicans yesterday in opposing the nomination of Debo Adegbile to a top Justice Department post. Williams said in a news conference that Adegbile's role in defending convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is the crux of why he, too, objects to the nomination. Adegbile was Obama's top pick to head the Justice Department's civil-rights division. He was head of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund at the time it was fighting against the death penalty for Abu-Jamal.
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