Critics Outraged Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Named College Speaker
Critics are hammering a decision by students from Vermont’s Goddard College to choose convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as a fall 2014 commencement speaker.
“I am outraged by the decision of the college, and I don’t think he [Abu Jamal] should have the constitutional right to express himself,” Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Abu-Jamal’s victim, told ABCNews.com.
Abu-Jamal was convicted in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death in 1982.
Though there is not a good excuse for this, it is interesting that his remarks are going to be recorded ones and that Mumia actually got a degree from this “Goddard College”. Does this change things??
He received a degree from Goddard College in 1996 while in prison and will have his pre-recorded remarks delivered to students Sunday, the college said.
Here is Mumia’s wikipedia entry, he was given his Muslim type of name back in 1968 so I’m not sure if he “converted” in prison just for the record.
Death penalty dropped
On December 7, 2011, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that prosecutors would no longer seek the death penalty for Abu-Jamal. Williams said that Abu-Jamal will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence that was duly reaffirmed by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on July 9, 2013.
So I’m just saying, I’m sure there are those who would think he deserves the death penalty. In general, I would not argue for it but neither against justice.