Murdered by Mumia by Maureen Faulkner
A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain, and Injustice

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The first book to definitively lay out the case against Mumia Abu-Jamal—and those who’ve elevated him to the status of political prisoner

 

Maureen Faulkner’s husband, Philadelphia police office Danny Faulkner, was shot between the eyes on a cold December night in 1981. Mumia Abu-Jamal was unanimously convicted of the crime by a racially mixed jury based on: the testimony of several eyewitnesses, his ownership of the murder weapon, matching ballistics, and Abu-Jamal’s own confession.

After his conviction, however, a national anti-death penalty movement was started to “Free Mumia;” Mike Farrell, Ed Asner, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jesse Jackson rallied on his behalf, and led the charge.  For his part, while on death row, Abu-Jamal published several books, delivered radio commentaries, was a college commencement speaker, found himself named an Honorary Citizen of France, and had his defense coffers enhanced by ticket sales from a sold out (16,000-person) concert featuring Rage Against the Machine.

Here, from Maureen Faulkner and acclaimed talk show host / journalist Michael Smerconish, is the first book to carefully and definitively lay out the case against Abu-Jamal, and those who’ve elevated him to the status of political prisoner. Smerconish, a lawyer, has provided pro bono legal counsel to Faulkner for over a decade and knows both the legal intricacies and personal subtleties of the case like no other person.  He’s personally acquainted himself with the more than five thousand pages of trial transcript.  “My reading starkly revealed that Abu-Jamal murdered Danny Faulkner in cold blood and that the case tried in Philadelphia in 1982 bore no resemblance to the one being home-cooked by the Abu-Jamal defense team.”

As Abu-Jamal’s lawyers contemplate their final appeal, Faulkner and Smerconish weave a compelling, never-before-told account of one fateful night and the 25-year-long rewriting of history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Maureen Faulkner

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Maureen Faulkner is the widow of Danny Faulkner.  She lives in California.   Michael Smerconish is an attorney and host of his own exceedingly popular drive-time radio show in Philadelphia on CBS Radio's The Big Talker (1210 AM WPHT).  He has made frequent guest appearances on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, The Glenn Beck Program, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Scarborough Country, and others.  He is a regular columnist for both the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.   
 
Published December 1, 2007 by Lyons Press. 349 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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