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May 2, 2011

Mumia Abu-Jamal


Mumia Abu-Jamal, born Wesley Cook – is an American who was found guilty of, and sentenced to death for the December 9, 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He has been described as “perhaps the best known Death-Row prisoner in the world”, and his sentence is one of the most debated today. Before his arrest, he was an activist, radio journalist, and part-time cab driver. He was a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970.

Since his conviction, his case has become an international cause célèbre, as well as a controversial cultural icon. Supporters and opponents disagree on the appropriateness of the death penalty, whether he is guilty, or whether he received a fair trial. During his imprisonment he has published several books and other commentaries, notably Live from Death Row (1995).

On April 26, 2011, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed his conviction as well as its decision to vacate the death sentence. The issue of the sentence was remanded for a new hearing. The death penalty may be imposed again or Abu-Jamal may receive a sentence of life without parole.

Now brothers, if you don’t know about Mumia Abu-Jamal do your research! If you do know about him, please express your views on this controversial cultural icon.

Want to know about Mumia Abu Jamal…check his essays and his weekly world view podcast at http://www.freemumia.com/ or wiki Mumia Abu Jamal

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