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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Oh,..the Philliness of it All!!

HARRISBURG - Nearly 25 years after the slaying of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, the racial divide over his killer's conviction was reflected today in a vote on a state Senate resolution.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure condemning the French city of St.-Denis for naming a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for shooting Faulkner during a traffic stop.

But the resolution prompted rare debate and ended in a 44-4 vote split along racial lines. The only "no" votes came from African-American senators, all from Philadelphia.

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.) said he could not support the resolution because he did not believe that Abu-Jamal received a fair trial.

The TrekMedic fumes:

What wasn't fair about it, Sen. Hughes??? It seems the only unfair portions are that Maureen Faulkner still has to defend her husband and Mumia is still alive, after receiving a death sentence!!!!


At 11:11 AM, Blogger kateykakes said...

I can't find the direct link but...

From KYW 1060.com:

by KYW's Tony Romeo

The Pennsylvania state senate has passed a resolution criticizing a French town for naming a street after convicted Philadelphia cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The Senate resolution calls the decision by the French town of Saint-Denis to name a street after Mumia Abu-Jamal an “affront to law enforcement officers across the United States” and asks the town to reconsider.

Sen. Robert Jubelirer (R-Blair County) is the top Republican in the state senate:

“I think it is repugnant, I think it is obnoxious, I think it wrong. And I think at least we have the ability in this senate to make a statement.”

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Phila.), while saying he’s a long-time supporter of law enforcement, opposed the resolution, saying Abu-Jamal did not get a fair trial:

“Everything that occurred in that situation was a bad reflection on our judicial system -- a very bad reflection on our judicial system.”

Hughes was joined by three other Democratic state senators from Philadelphia -– Anthony Williams, Shirley Kitchen, and LeAnna Washington –- in voting against the resolution.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted in 1982 of the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner during a traffic stop in 1981.

But of course race had NOTHING to do with their decision. *rolls eyes*

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Vulture 6 said...

Silly Techmedic, the APPERENCE of a racial wrong trumps the facts in any case.


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