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Officer Daniel Faulkner

Officer Daniel Faulkner

Wesley Cook is better known by his criminal name Mumia Abu-Jamal. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

He’s become the focal point for the anti-death penalty crown and some celebrities. For almost the past 30 years he has escaped the death penalty that he so richly deserves.

Now justice has been served another blow as the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing within six months on the grounds that the original jury received faulty instructions.

Like his predecessors, since Abu-Jamal’s conviction, Philadelphia’s current District Attorney believes that he should be put to death…

“Yes, the criminal justice system in Philadelphia, the criminal justice system in America, have had a history of problems and racism,” said Williams, the city’s first black district attorney. “(But) this is not a whodunit.”

Abu-Jamal’s worldwide followers “don’t know the facts,” Williams said.

You don’t need a criminal justice degree to see that the facts are simple. The bullets from Abu-Jamal’s gun were found in Daniel Faulkner’s body yet the ‘Free Mumia’ crowd holds on to decades-old conspiracy theories that have been disproved.

One of those groups clinging to disproven theories is the NAACP

“This decision marks an important step forward in the struggle to correct the mistakes of an unfortunate chapter in Pennsylvania history,” said John Payton, director of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

The only mistake and unfortunate chapter is the fact that Abu-Jamal is still drawing breath. The fact that Abu-Jamal is black and Daniel Faulkner was white is immaterial. The fact remains is that there were eyewitnesses and the aforementioned bullets from Abu-Jamal’s own handgun. The people who are claiming racism, including whites with liberal guilt issues, are disrespecting the memory of a good Philly cop and his widow. Both of whom have been denied justice for almost three decades.

Speaking of Officer Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner, she is, in fact, seeking the justice that has been denied for the past 30 years…

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said he kept a campaign promise Tuesday. He made a telephone call to Maureen Faulkner and asked her what to do about Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Leave him to spend life in prison, he asked, or keep seeking the death penalty for the murder of her husband, Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, in 1981?

She chose the death penalty, Williams said.

He said Faulkner was “devastated” by the appeals court decision and “was crying while I was speaking with her.”

“She believes that the court again is being intellectually dishonest. . . . If the courts don’t believe there should be a death penalty, they should just say that,” he said.

DA Williams said that he will appeal this latest ruling to the US Supreme Court.

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