The ongoing saga of the cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has come to a sad point. His death sentence has now been commuted to life in prison. I for one hope that the remainder of his sentence is a short one.
The district attorney announced Wednesday that prosecutors will no longer pursue the death penalty against former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, meaning he will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down a white police officer nearly 30 years ago.
The decision by District Attorney Seth Williams, made with the support of the officer’s widow and the city police commissioner, comes after nearly 30 years of legal battles over the racially charged case.
Abu-Jamal was convicted of fatally shooting Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. He was sentenced to death after his trial the following year.