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On December 9 1981 Wesley Cook aka Mumia Abu-Jamal was driving his taxi in Philadelphia when he saw that police had pulled his brother over Jamal stopped to see why his brother was being pulled over An altercation followed leaving Officer Daniel Faulkner dead and Jamal critically wounded Jamal is currently on Death Row awaiting execution Jamals trial was held in 1981 and since then there has been much controversy about whether the trial was fair or not Much evidence has recently been brought forward such as witnesses were coerced and given favors important defense witnesses and ballistics evidence were not allowed to be submitted to the jury and Jamals confession that was fabricated It is imperative that Jamal gets a new and fair trial what every citizen is promised by the US Constitution because of this evidence that could possibly free him Mumia Abu-Jamals trial began on July 18 1982 in Pennsylvania where he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges A guilty verdict was returned at 530 pm on Friday July 21982 The State issued his death warrant on October 13 1982 for an execution date of December 2 that same year but Mumia was granted a stay of execution Since then there have been many people and groups that have been supporting Mumia and his fight for a fair trial such as the band Rage Against the Machine They held a benefit concert in the spring of 1999 to help raise funds for trial costs There have also been numerous protests marches and even student walkouts by supporters On May 7 2000 a very large fundraiser is being held at Madison Square Garden to raise more money to help this man get a new trialOne claim by the prosecution was that in the hospital Mumia confessed to murdering Officer Faulkner to Officer Gary Bell While lying nearly unconscious on the hospital emergency room floor Jamal exclaimed he had shot the deceased officer
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