source: Green Left Weekly
published: 3 November 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal, the most well-known political prisoner in the United States, now has a new law directed against him personally.
The Pennsylvania legislature ― both Democrats and Republicans ― overwhelmingly voted to adopt the “Revictimization Relief Act” and Democratic governor Tom Corbett signed it into law. It came after Mumia delivered a pre-taped speech to Goddard College in Vermont on October 5.
Mumia had been a student at Goddard as a youth. Students and faculty members voted to ask him to make this year’s commencement address.
Mumia was framed and convicted for the 1981 murder of a Pennsylvania police officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death, despite serious flaws in the evidence presented against him.
The widow of the murdered officer, Maureen Faulkner, says she was driving in California when she was upset by hearing Mumia’s commencement speech over the radio. But Mumia’s speech said nothing about the events of 1981. Faulkner was upset about the fact that Mumia was publicly speaking at all.