connectVideoMumia Abu-Jamal, convicted for the killing of police officer Daniel Faulkner, was granted a right of appeal.
The widow of a Philadelphia police officer who was shot 37 years ago in the line of duty is “outraged” about the judge’s decision last week to grant her husband the murderer of a chance to appeal his conviction.
On Thursday, Judge Leon Tucker granted Mumia Abu-Jamal is still the possibility of appeal in 1981 and his conviction in the death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal spent three decades on death row before his sentence in the shooting of Faulkner was thrown over faulty jury instructions.
Prosecutors agreed to a sentence of life without parole, and Abu-Jamal’s appeal in cassation was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme court in 2012. However, the judge ruled Thursday that former Justice Ronald Castille should have recused himself because of statements he made as an officer of justice about the police killers that indicate a possible bias.
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“I am very upset with Leon Tucker. Tucker has no merit on this judgment. [Ami] had nothing to say about Mumia Abu-Jamal, and he had no prejudice,” said Maureen Faulker in an exclusive interview on “Fox and Friends” Sunday. “This is going to open the door for so many murderers are able to do this and the profession.”
The widow of Officer Daniel Faulkner appeared on Fox and Friends Sunday.
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During a routine traffic stop on a vehicle of Abu-Jamal’s younger brother William Cook, and Officer Faulkner came in a physical confrontation with Cook. Abu-Jamal was in the area and saw the fight, ran over and shot Faulkner in the back and, later, in the face.
Faulker, who noted that she traveled back and forth from her home state of California many times in this case also said that she hopes that the Philadelphia district Attorney Larry Krasner will appeal this decision.
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“Mumia Abu-Jamal shot my husband between the eyes, he brought my man,” Faulker said. “I’m never going to let go. All corners of the country, they are reducing sentences on murderers, they are making them out of prison, and it is wrong. So it is wrong.”
The Philadelphia district attorney told the Associated Press that the last decision is assessed.
The police that the widow had a message for the court that the new decision.
“Judge Leon Tucker: I hope you can sleep at night with the decision you made, because you know it was not the right one,” she said.
The case against Abu-Jamal, a political activist and journalist, gained international attention among death penalty opponents and criminal justice reform advocates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.