Prosecutors in Philadelphia have dropped calls for Mumia Abu-Jamal to face the death penalty for allegedly shooting dead local police officer Daniel Faulkner back in 1981. The decision means Mumia Abu-Jamal is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail unless he can get his conviction overturned.
Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed in December 9th 1981, almost exactly thirty years ago. Mumia Abu-Jamal, an alleged former Black Panther, was convicted the following year and was swiftly sentenced to death. Since then, arguments have raged over the safety of his conviction and a worldwide ‘Free Mumua’ campaign has called for the evidence to be re-examined.
Mumia Abu-Jamal has become something of a celebrity while on Death Row. His 1995 book Live from Death Row provided an insight into his life, and he has made numerous radio broadcasts. He has repeatedly insisted that his conviction was unsound, claiming that another man has confessed to the crime and that the original trial was riddled with errors.