Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Mumia Fraud In And Out Of Court

On Thursday, Mumia’s attorney Robert Bryan was making a valiant, if not a probably futile attempt, to get his 53 year old, cop killing client sprung from prison.

He certainly did his best with what he had to offer, but consider this exchange between attorney Bryan and one of the three judges tasked with presiding over the hearing, and ultimately helping to decide Jamal’s fate as reported by ABC News:

"... the judges suggested they needed to know the racial makeup of the approximately 150-person jury pool before they could determine whether the selection had been biased.
No such record exists. "We're a day late and a dollar short with that issue, unfortunately," Bryan said."

That was likely the understatement of the day. Mumia is about 25 years short, but thanks to un-informed or deeply cynical "activists", Jamal still has a few bucks to shell out in order to keep his creaking legal machine moving for just a little bit longer.

After so many years of legal losses, Jamal has just about run out of cards to play, but on Thursday his attorney played the only one that never will run out of steam and will always get attention. It is of course, as Don Imus could tell you, the race card. And not only did Bryan pull it out, but he ran around with it and threw it in the face of anyone who would take the time to listen.

It is a pitiable attempt to convince the judiciary that because racism exists that Mumia should be free. Even if Ed Rendell and prosecutor McGill along with Judge Sabo, were all card carrying members of the Ku-Klux-Klan, the fact that Mumia blew Daniel Faulkner’s brains out does not go away.

Should bigotry erase the crime of murder? Should the allegation of procedural error in a criminal case that involves a cold-blooded killing mean that the killer walks? If you answer yes to either question than I urge you to think of what it would be like to have someone you love snatched away and brutally murdered. And than think of that same killer walking free because somebody in the process did not care for the color of the skin of said murderer. What would be the greatest injustice?

And with all of that said, Jamal’s defense has yet to prove to any legal body that Jamal’s race was a detriment to his receiving a "fair" trial.

Moreover, even with all of their lies and a quarter of a century of propaganda, they have also failed to convince the people of Philadelphia, a city whose populace is nearly 50% African-American.

And as if we need more examples of the lies of Jamal’s supporters I recently caught the administrator of the website of the chief "Free Mumia" organization, The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia, the group that is run by Pam Africa and is based in Philadelphia. It is a group with a sordid history and one that has shown no regard for truth, integrity, and worst of all serves as a kind of front-group for MOVE.

On May 16th Fatirah Ali, who runs the Mumia site had this to say on the message board of Philadelphia radio station WURD:

"Ballistics reports prove that the gun found on Mumia Abu-Jamal, a .38 caliber weapon,(which he was licensed to carry), was not the gun that killed Officer Faulkner. He had been shot with a .44."

When I confronted Fatirah with the actual facts about the gun that killed Faulkner, she backpedaled and attempted to cover the first lie with yet another lie, this one nearly as absurd as the first:

"That Mumia's gun was a .38 and Faulkner was shot with a .44 has been debated and the reports were that he was shot with the .44. Later, it was said that 'maybe' he could have been shot by a .38"

Of course there is no debate about the caliber of the gun in question, but don’t take my word for it.

In Dan William's pro-Jamal book "Executing Justice" Williams writes that:

"At first blush, it appeared that there had been a finding that the fatal bullet was a .44 caliber, which would have ruled out Mumia's .38 caliber pistol, and therefore would have exonerated him...The wrinkle, however, is that our own ballistics expert concluded that the fatal bullet was, indeed, a .38. caliber. That fact has not deterred many to proclaim, erroneously, that Officer Faulkner was killed by a .44 caliber bullet."

It would be important to point out that this fact has been known since 1995, when, at Jamal’s PCRA hearing Jamal’s own ballistics expert was forced to concede that the bullet in question, was in fact a .38 caliber, and not a .44 caliber, as Jamal’s legal team and supporters had been claiming in their propaganda.

Which brings me to my point. That one of the most prominent and supposedly knowledgeable members of the Jamal cabal could so shamelessly peddle falsehoods, and do so without pause, make it clear that truth is not a priority for these people.

And while Attorney Bryan had his line of argumentation more polished and sophisticated than did Fatirah, it emanates from the same gutter of intellectual dishonesty.

As usual the tactics of Jamal’s supporters are the tactics of obfuscation and diversion.

There is nothing that they won’t say to keep from having to answer a very simple and direct question. The question is if Mumia Abu-Jamal didn't kill the cop, than please tell everyone, what he was doing at 3:51 AM on Dec. 9, 1981, sitting on the curb near the murder victim, with an empty should holster under his arm, the dead cop's bullet in his chest, and with his own five shot 38 next to his feet, with all five cartridges fired.?


At 9:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just over at Highbrid Nation and they have been doing some interesting coverage of the Mumia case. Like them I also have mixed feeling on the case. I don't to see any man executed but just becuase he should not be executed does that mean that he wasnt wrong. I don't know.

At 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting Highbrid Nation Just reporting what we see Tony. Revolutionary...all it means is a person pushing for change. Looks like you fall in the same vain.

I’m not here to pick sides…I’ll leave that up to you and the Anti-MOVE movement and the MOVE campaign. My mother was a radical Panther who stood by Hughie P. Newton and father a Young Lord so I know about MOVE. Their views were theirs and honestly have probably changed since they were youth's. My personal beliefs that I shared in this story did not address or attempt to address the beliefs of others but the inconsistencies that I observed as a street journalist.

I honestly was hoping to chronicle both sides of the story but unfortunately there weren't people such as yourself there to tell it. I you follow my coverage on this issue I think you'd be able to see where I stand on the issue and might even be surprised.

I appreciate you visiting our blog. I wish you well in your endeavors.

At 11:10 AM , Blogger Tony Allen said...

I hope you didn't take my comment as one of being overly contentious, but the issue of those children is one that particularly rubs me in a bad way. I had a child while in MOVE and I know what there lives are like and so therefore take the issue very personally.

I will keep up with your writings on this matter and I appreciate you taking my views into consideration


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