Sunday, March 30, 2008

Statement From Maureen Faulkner On Latest Legal Development


"Today, after 26 years of waiting, my family and I can finally say that Mumia Abu-Jamal is officially a 'murderer.' No longer can Abu-Jamal's life may be spared due to a legal technicality- the wording on a standardized jury form- all of his arguments about judicial bias, prosecutorial misconduct, and police malfeasance have been rejected as lies and nonsense by the second-highest and most impartial court in the land. In the end they have ruled that Abu-Jamal is a common killer who is guilty of murdering my husband. While we still hope to one day see Mumia Abu-Jamal executed for the heinous and cowardly crime he committed, we are heartened by the decision made today by the Third Circuit Court, bringing my family and me one giant step closer to this painful journey. There will undoubtedly be more appeals and more ridiculous claims made by Abu-Jamal and his band of attorneys, but we are committed to staying the course until we are finally afforded the closure promised to us by a jury 26 years ago."

Maureen Faulkner-along with co-author Michael Smerconish- recently penned the New York Times best-selling book, Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence Of Loss, Pain, and Injustices (The Lyons Press), as a vehicle to definitively present the facts of the case along with her personal side of the story.

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