Mumia Abu-Jamal Backers Gather Outside US Courthouse

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — As a federal appeals court began hearing arguments on Tuesday concerning the sentence of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, hundreds of Abu-Jamal supporters gathered outside the federal courthouse to protest various aspects of his trial and/or sentencing.

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The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday over instructions given during Abu-Jamal’s 1982 murder trial.  The US Supreme Court this year ordered the court to reconsider its decision granting Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing in the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner (see related story).

Some of the demonstrators were local, others came from as far away as Germany and France.  The mass gathering outside the federal courthouse, at Sixth and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia, lasted more than 3½ hours.

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Inside the courtroom, Faulkner’s widow sat with wives and family members of other fallen officers. Maureen Faulkner noted that Monday would have been the couple’s 31st wedding anniversary.

Abu-Jamal has become an international cause celebre among death penalty opponents.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060.

Photos by Paul Kurtz

Comments

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  1. Chuck Haegele says:

    God damn hippies go get a job

  2. Bob says:

    I think Linda, among many others need an education on the FACTS in this case, not the propaganda bs that gets tossed around like facts. Anyone with half a functioning pea sized brain could grasp that he was guilty as charged and convited and everyone that has “reviewed” the facts knows it to be the truth!

  3. Chuck Haegele says:

    if my other comment didn’t go thru i’d like to say linda your a terrible person. you deserve a bit of an ass beating

  4. FRY HIM says:

    linda your an idiot, philadelphia’s finest are the finest!!!
    i 100% agree with bob and mike

  5. Stephen says:

    When we can get past the “eye for an eye” mentality the better society as a whole will be.

  6. Tracey says:

    Give this man a new trail, Back then n the 80’s rizzo was mayor ,all white cops I do beleive he was framed. I’m against death fase .

  7. HERBERT HOOVER says:

    I ENJOY THE SIGN SUPPORTING “FREE HIM” HE IS SAFER BEHIND BARS THAN OUT
    ON THE STREET. HE WOULD NOT LAST 15 MINUTES …. KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT HERE ??????

    THIS CHARADE IS WORSE THAN THROWING SNOW BALLS AT AN EAGLES GAME
    ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR US HERE IN PHILA…. OH BOY , DID I JUST SAY THAT?

    GIVE ME AN R,,, GIVE ME AN A , GIVE ME A C….GIVE ME AN I……………
    ON THIS ISSUE , I STAND WITH MRS FAULKNER…….

  8. bottomline says:

    I don’t think these protesters who are supporting Jamal give a darn about the facts, they just supporting him because he represents the anti-establishment goons that are intent on destroying our American values – except, possibly, for the bleeding heart air-heads and foreigners who have been duped by the mainstream hate America crowd here and abroad. I strongly suspect if Jamal were released, it wouldn’t be long before he met an untimely death on Philly’s streets, by the very hands of those whom are currently supporting him.

  9. Linda D Bryant says:

    There is something strange about Mumia’s case. He does deserve a new
    trial, however, I doubt if he will be granted one.

    It would not surprise me if he was framed by “Philly’s Finest”. They have been
    known to do that!!!!!!!

    1. michael forsythe says:

      there is something strange about a man who kills a cop in cold blood and isnt dead yet. fry him now

    2. michael forsythe says:

      Linda, you seem like the type of person who doesnt know much and just generally comes across as an idiot based on what i read in your idiotic comment. i suggest you move out of our fine country and make it a better place

  10. Kevin Callahan says:

    why do I need to have my Tax Dollars to keep this PIG alive, he was convited by a jury of his peers, and his own family testified against him!!! does that tell you something. Just put him out of his Misery, and close this case,

  11. Shafiq Khalim says:

    If you jack idiots knew anything about the case, you wouldn’t make such statements.

    1. Joe says:

      To remove ignorance and the lies about this cop killer y Cook read:
      Murdered by Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain, and Injustice [Hardcover]
      Maureen Faulkner
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  12. Bob says:

    It’s a shame there’s nobody there with signs in support of frying his coward ass without any further delay… of course those folks have jobs that require their presence.

  13. John says:

    Dave,
    If half no nothing about the case, and half no nothing about nothing, then who are “the rest”?

  14. Dave says:

    See all these animals in this picture, half no nothing about the case, half no nothing about nothing, and the rest well I’ll let you be the judge….

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