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Film Provides Rare Glimpse of the Real Mumia Abu-Jamal

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While neither Faulkner nor Jones, who died in 2009, are alive to address the sex account in the book, written and verbal records list Jones as persistently maintaining she knew Faulkner and Faulkner had helped her.

When Jones recanted her 1982 trail testimony during a 1996 hearing she said needed to clear her conscience more than specially aiding Abu-Jamal because she knew Faulkner and would do nothing to harm him.

Valerie Jones attended an early December 2012 screening of "Long Distance" held at Temple University in Philadelphia along with an older brother of Abu-Jamal, Keith Cook.

  Cook and Professor Fernandez, during a program at that Philadelphia screening, announced plans for a new campaign to secure Abu-Jamal's release within four years.

For the past six months multiple scandals have rocked the Philadelphia Police Department including misconduct by narcotics officers resulting in prosecutors dropping over 100 cases, a police supervisor discharged for punching a woman, a policewoman discharged for stealing properties and a group of officers fraudulently obtaining federal low-income energy assistance grants including a lieutenant who makes $95,000 annually.

Philadelphia's police department has a sordid history of recurring brutality and corruption scandals dating back over a century. Local prosecutors have a record of generally ignoring those misconduct scandals.

Evidence unearthed by Abu-Jamal lawyers, a few investigative journalists like Dave Lindorff and researcher Dr. Michael Schiffmann of Germany amply document how Philadelphia police manufactured evidence and false testimony to secure Abu-Jamal's conviction in collusion with Philadelphia prosecutors.

Appellate judges have brushed aside the documented improprieties in Abu-Jamal's conviction"improprieties more extreme than in cases of other inmates granted new trials or prison release by the same courts constantly upholding Abu-Jamal's conviction.

Filmmaker Stephen Vittoria said Abu-Jamal's persistent work exposing misconduct by police and prosecutors' in Philadelphia and beyond before and after his incarceration is a part of ""what makes Abu-Jamal's life and work soar."

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Linn Washington is a weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune and This Can't Be Happening. Washington writes frequently on inequities in the criminal justice system, ills in society and failings of the news media. He teaches multi-media urban (more...)
 

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