American Reporter Staff
May 14, 2001
PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2001 -- Reports circulating in Philadelphia, San F= rancisco and elsewhere that a major break is imminent in the case against b= lack journalist Abu-Mumia Jamal of Philadelphia, charged with the Dec. 9, 1= 981, murder of city policeman Daniel Faulkner, cannot be confirmed.
Then 27 and a driver for United Cab, Mumia was convicted of killing Faul= kner after he stopped his cab one night to come to the aid of his younger b= rother, who apparently was scuffling with Faulkner. Police arriving at the= scene found Faulkner dead and a dazed Mumia sitting on a curb with the mur= der weapon in his hand. Mumia had also been shot.
The controversial case has seen many unusual twists and turns and has be= come a lightning rod for rallies against police injustice across the nation= . Mumia, born with the name Wesley Cook, was a well-known voice on Philad= elphia's black radio stations, where his rich baritone won him a wide follo= wing.
But he frequently clashed with colleagues over his perceived lack of ob= jectivity in reporting on black issues. While reporting on the MOVE story, for instance, he sold the movement's newspaper out of the City Hall press r= oom where he worked for a radio station. He sat on the board of directors o= f the Marijuana Users Assn. while advocating marijuana reform.
Mumia is awaiting execution on death row at Graterford Prison in Pennsyl= vania. He has twice won stays of execution, but his case was turned down by= the U.S. Supreme Court.
The most prominent of the current reports, which remain at the word-of-= mouth stage, is that allegedly falsified evidence that was used against Jam= al in the Philadelphia trial will be recanted. There was no such developme= nt on Monday, however, when the move was expected.