Maybe his buddy Ed Asner will keel over from the excitement of it all. That would be some karma. Otherwise, this is a complete travesty.
Saying he wanted to avoid another three decades of appeals – and a new public forum for Mumia Abu-Jamal – Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said today he will not seek a new death penalty hearing for the convicted killer of Officer Daniel Faulkner.
Flanked by Faulkner’s widow, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, officials of the Fraternal Order of Police and a cadre of prosecutors past and present who were involved with the case, Williams said he believed his office could successfully impanel a new jury and get a new death sentence against Abu-Jamal.
But the tortuous legal process ahead for a newly-imposed death sentence – and the likelihood that Abu-Jamal, 57, will die in prison before it could be carried out – made that route seem futile.
“Every reviewing court has found the trial fair and the guilty verdict sound,” Williams said at a press conference. “. . . Our best remaining option is to let Mr. Abu-Jamal to die in prison.”
That day can’t come soon enough.
Faulkner’s widow was justifiably outraged.
She denounced the former Black Panther and radio reporter for “operating a cottage industry in prison. The money has poured into his defense fund and it’s a disgrace.”
This savage killer most recently voice his support for Occupy Wall Street, of course.