Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Penalty

December 8, 2011 by staff 

Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Penalty, Maureen Faulkner waited nearly 30 years for her husband’s murderer to be executed. But following a seemingly endless cycle of legal appeals, she said she realized it would never happen.

On Wednesday, Faulkner gave her blessing to the decision by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to stop pursuing the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose claim that he was the victim of a racist legal system made him an international cause celebre.

The 58-year-old former Black Panther convicted of gunning down white police Officer Daniel Faulkner will now spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

“My family and I have endured a three-decade ordeal at the hands of Mumia Abu-Jamal, his attorneys and his supporters, who in many cases never even took the time to educate themselves about the case before lending their names, giving their support and advocating for his freedom,” Maureen Faulkner said. “All of this has taken an unimaginable physical, emotional and financial toll on each of us.”

Williams, the city’s first black district attorney, announced the decision two days short of the 30th anniversary of the patrolman’s death. Williams said that “it is time to put this case to rest, for the good of the city of Philadelphia and, most importantly, the family of Daniel Faulkner.”

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