"Today is Mumia Abu-Jamal’s B-Day. Happy 60th Birthday, Mumia!
"Celebrate in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, April 27, from 5-7pm at SHAPE Center, 3903 Almeda Rd."
Via Gloria Rubac / Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
Mumia Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther revolutionary and a journalist.
On Dec. 9, 1981, Officer Faulkner shot Abu-Jamal while conducting a traffic stop on his brother.
Officer Faulkner was shot dead at the scene. Several witnesses say that the real perpetrator ran away but police arrested Mumia when they arrived soon after. The officers severely beat Mumia while transporting him to the hospital.
During the case, Abu-Jamal decided that he will represent himself but was instead appointed a court-ordered lawyer by the judge he believes is racist. Mumia was sentenced to death by a tainted jury.
Fortunately, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals dropped the death sentence because the jury was improperly instructed.
Abu-Jamal criticized his attorney as a “legal trained lawyer” who was imposed on him against his will:
"Does it matter whether a white man is charged with killing a black man or a black man is charged with killing a white man? As for justice when the prosecutor represents the Commonwealth the Judge represents the Commonwealth and the court-appointed lawyer is paid and supported by the Commonwealth, who follows the wishes of the defendant, the man charged with the crime? If the court-appointed lawyer ignores, or goes against the wishes of the man he is charged with representing, whose wishes does he follow? Who does he truly represent or work for? … I am innocent of these charges that I have been charged of and convicted of and despite the connivance of (Judge) Sabo, McGill and (Lawyer) Jackson to deny me my so-called rights to represent myself, to assistance of my choice, to personally select a jury who is totally of my peers, to cross-examine witnesses, and to make both opening and closing arguments, I am still innocent of these charges."