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Executive Summary The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal has become a showdown case on the death penalty in the United States His threatened execution has been condemned by political and cultural figures throughout the world and the international movement to grant him a new and fair trial is raising questions about the arbitrariness of the death penalty in the minds of millions Mumia Abu-Jamal is the only political prisoner in the United States facing execution Mumia is not a political prisoner The facts refuting this are addressed in my comments in the article below As a radio journalist in Philadelphia he became known as isthe voice of the voicelesslt during the years of the infamous Mayor Frank Rizzo He had attended Goddard College was the recipient of a Major Armstrong Award for radio journalism and was named one of Philadelphias people to watch in 1981 by Philadelphia magazine He was president of the Association of Black Journalists in Philadelphia and he had no prior criminal record Jamal was shot by a police officer when he intervened in a street incident involving Jamals brother another man and the officer He survived the shooting and was charged with the murder of the officer who was killed in the incident No one else was charged and the trial at which Jamal was condemned has been termed a travesty of justice by every impartial observer The author of this brief needs to report the true facts The incident preceding Officer Faulkners murder involved only William Cook Mumias brother Officer Faulkner and MumiaWesleyCook There was no other man involved And though William Cook was not charged with the murder of Officer Faulkner as Mumia acted alone in doing this he did plead guilty to physically assaulting Officer Faulkner on December 9 1981 The targeting of Jamal was overtly political The FBI began amassing a 600-page file on him when he was
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