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For the last twenty years a man has been locked up twenty-three hours a day in prison denied contact visits with his family and had his mail illegally opened by prison authorities Now one may ask What is wrong with this This seems typical for the treatment of a guilty convict In this particular case however many believe that this man Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent and has been yet another victim of the corruption and racism of the United States judicial system In December 1981 Abu-Jamal was working as a cab driver when he came upon a cop beating Abu-Jamals brother with a flashlight Abu-Jamal ran out to help his brother There was a struggle and both Abu-Jamal and the police officer Daniel Faulkner were shot Witnesses saw one or more men run from the scene When police officers arrived Faulkner was dead The officers then beat Abu-Jamal before taking him to the hospital Suspiciously it took them over half an hour to reach it Due to fabrication of evidence and police manipulation of witnesses Abu-Jamal was found guilty in September 1982 of the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner The trial and sentence were both terribly unjust because there was truly not enough evidence against Abu-Jamal to actually convict him The prosecution claimed that the shot that killed Faulkner came from Abu-Jamals 38-caliber gun Abu-Jamal was legally registered to carry the gun as a nighttime cab driver This claim of the prosecution contradicts the medical examiners report that the bullet removed from Faulkners brain was a 44-caliber This fact was kept from the jury during the trial Moreover a ballistics expert examining the case found it absurd that police who had been at the scene failed to test Abu-Jamals gun to see if it had been recently fired or to test Abu-Jamals hands for gunpowder residue One of the most powerful claims of the prosecution was that Abu-Jamal confessed to
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