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Check out this week's interview with author J. Patrick O'Connor on the 'Prison Pipeline' show on Portland, OR radio station KBOO:

J. Patrick O'Connor is the author of the new book The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal.  During O'Connor's SF Bay Area book tour this October, he was a guest on the 'Other Voices' television show, produced by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. The one-hour show can be viewed here.

For more information, please link here.

Watch the Video Interview with J. Patrick O'Connor at Philadelphia City Hall (PARTS 1, 2, and 3)

At City Hall #1: O'Connor discusses why he thinks Kenneth Freeman was the actual shooter of PO Daniel Faulkner.

At City Hall #2: O'Connor criticizes the March 27, 2008 ruling by the Third Circuit court denying Mumia a new guilt-phase trial. Citing Judge Ambro's dissent, O'Connor that the court violated precedent and created new standards in denying Mumia's 'Batson' claim regarding racist jury selection.

At City Hall #3: O'Connor criticizes the recent denial of parole to the eight remaining MOVE 9 prisoners.

J. Patrick O'Connor's April, 2008 interview focusing on the frame-up, Kenneth Freeman, the March 27 court ruling, and Frank Rizzo's legacy--is featured below:

In his new book, O’Connor argues that Abu-Jamal was clearly framed by police, and that the actual shooter was a man named Kenneth Freeman. O’Connor criticizes the local media, who, he says "bought into the prosecution’s story line early on and has never been able to see this case for what it is: a framing of an innocent and peace loving man."

In his review of the recent book "Murdered by Mumia," O’Connor writes that "there’s a great deal to admire about Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner," but concludes that her "obsessive hate for Abu-Jamal has blinded her to the prosecutorial misconduct and judicial bias that plagued his trial and justifiably fueled his rise to a world stage. The real villains in her life were the police and prosecutors who framed Abu-Jamal for Officer Faulkner’s killing. They are the ones, not the long drawn out appellate process that has kept Abu-Jamal alive, who have denied her the closure she was due more than twenty-five years ago."

Hans Bennett:   Advocates of Abu-Jamal's conviction and execution always say that a police frame-up of Abu-Jamal is a lunatic, far-fetched "conspiracy theory" that should be dismissed by any sane observer.  What do you mean when you say he was "framed"? How was this done?

J. Patrick O'Connor: Mumia's early association with the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party marked him as a subversive to George Fencl, the chief inspector of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Civil Defense Bureau. His subsequent sympathetic coverage of MOVE while reporting for the local public radio station made him an avowed enemy of Mayor Frank Rizzo. Minutes after Officer Faulkner was shot at 3:55 a.m., Inspector Alfonzo Giordano – who reported directly to Fencl – took command of the crime scene and personally set in motion the framing of Abu-Jamal. It would be Giordano who claimed that Mumia told him in the paddy wagon that he dropped his gun after he shot Faulkner; it would be Giordano who arranged for prostitute Cynthia White and felon Robert Chobert to identify Abu-Jamal as the shooter. Giordano and White would be the D.A. Office’s only witnesses at the preliminary hearing to hold Abu-Jamal over for trial where Giordano repeated this "confession."

Giordano is as corrupt a police officer as one can imagine. For years he had been extorting kickbacks – personally averaging $3,000 per month – from Center City prostitutes, pimps and bar owners, which explains his early arrival at the crime scene. He knew Cynthia White and her pimp. He coerced her at the scene to identify Abu-Jamal as the shooter. She would be the only witness the D.A. had to claim to see Abu-Jamal holding a gun over Faulkner. In her original statement to the police – given within an hour of the shooting – she had Abu-Jamal running from the parking lot and from as far away as 10-yards firing off "four or five shots" at Faulkner before the officer fell. In her third interview with police detectives, given on December 17, she fine-tuned her statement to comport with the actual evidence in the case that Faulkner was shot at close range.  (In one of the most sinister aspects of Abu-Jamal’s case, the police department waited until the Monday after Abu-Jamal’s conviction to "relieve" Giordano of his duties on what would prove to be well-founded "suspicions of corruption." Four years after Abu-Jamal’s trial, Giordano pled guilty to tax evasion in connection with those payouts and was sent to prison.)

Incredibly, the police arriving at the crime scene would later claim not to have conducted any tests to determine if Abu-Jamal had recently fired a gun by checking for powder residue on his hands or clothing, nor did they claim to even feel or smell his gun to determine if it had been recently fired. Tests such as these are so routine at murder scenes that it is almost inconceivable the police did not run them. It is more likely that they did not like the results of the tests.

From the outset, the investigation into the shooting death of Officer Faulkner was conducted with one goal in mind: to hang the crime on Mumia Abu-Jamal. There was no search for the truth, no attempt at providing the slain officer with the justice he deserved. Giordano handed Abu-Jamal to the D.A.’s Office with his own lie about Abu-Jamal confessing to him and packing off Cynthia White in a squad car to tell her concocted account of the shooting. When the D.A.’s Office was forced to back away from the corrupt Giordano, Assistant D.A. Joseph McGill elicited a new "confession" to replace Giordano’s in February when security guard Priscilla Durham and Officer Garry Bell, Faulkner’s best friend on the police force, responded to his promptings by saying they heard Abu-Jamal blurt out at the hospital, "I shot the mother-fucker and I hope the mother-fucker dies." Not one of the dozens of other officers present at the hospital would make such a claim. In fact, the two officers who accompanied Abu-Jamal from the time he was placed in the paddy wagon until he went into surgery, reported that he made no comments in signed statements given to detectives assigned to the case that morning.

The prosecution knew that its new "confession" could be skewered if Abu-Jamal’s defense attorney, Anthony Jackson, called the two officers who accompanied Abu-Jamal to the stand, so all the prosecution really had was Cynthia White. With White saying she saw it all from beginning to end, and willing to testify that she saw Abu-Jamal blow the helpless Faulkner’s brains out in ruthless cold blood, McGill had his case made, providing White’s credibility could survive Jackson’s cross-examination. McGill bet the entire case that it could, and despite the utter web of lies she told the jury, was right.

Read more here.

Originally posted to HansBennett on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 12:05 PM PST.

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  •  in unrelated news (0+ / 0-)

    A Portland radio station was just bombed by a police helicopter. I'm joking, don't go looking that up.

    Law is a light which in different countries attracts to it different species of blind insects. Nietzsche

    by Marcion on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 12:15:20 PM PST

  •  Woot to KBOO! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm a fan, and I was recently also a guest, so I can attest to the service they provide. And I'm glad to see the whitewash on Mumia get another examination. Too many people--Kossacks included--have bought the police line in this one, when it doesn't take much of a review to show how suspect the case really was.'s Progressive Community

    by torridjoe on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 12:28:03 PM PST

    •  thanks... (3+ / 0-)

      Glad you liked the diary. Re. how many folks at DK have totally bought the govt. line on this case..... yes, its too bad, and is indicative of mainstream liberals in general, who are afraid to touch this out of fear that they'll lose 'credibility'.

      •  Please (5+ / 0-)

        Hans, its bad enough that you keep spamming this site with your Mumia diaries, but please dont accuse people who don't buy into this garbage as buying the government line or being worried about losing credibility.  

        •  Actually, i think that's accurate... (0+ / 0-)

          ...the 'credibility' argument is cited often by detractors on here...  and no one has tried to challenge any of the facts I've carefully spent time writing about.

          •  LOL (3+ / 0-)
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            Hans, your facts get destroyed every time you come here.  

            Mumia got convicted because he refused to cooperate with his attorney, and instead of putting on a defense, he just acted like a clown.  The police and the prosecutors may well have been racist and used dishonest tactics, but by refusing to defend himself, Mumia basically let them.  Mumia got convicted because he is a fool.  

            The worst part is when you try to write about the law.  For someone who fancies themself to be a journalist, I have never seen someone so completely ignorant about how the law works.  Mumia is never, ever, ever going to get a new trial.  

            As far as reasons people are not receptive to this garbage, there is overwhelming evidence that Mumia committed the crime.  Mumia got shot from a gun that matched the one owned by the murdered officer.  Even a lot of the people who think he should get a new trial believe he is probably guilty.

            Finally, a lot of people would rather focus on people who were actually wrongfully convicted and who might get out.  The shame is that Mumia is such a media whore that he distracts from and discredits legitimate cases.  And what is sad is that you waste your time on this garbage.  Every minute you have ever spent on Mumia has been a waste.  Every word you have ever written on his behalf has accomplished nothing.  

            •  ok (1+ / 0-)
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              so the facts.  Yes Mumia was shot by a bullet that was officially matched to Faulkner's gun (although, officially no tests were done to check for gunshot residue on either Mumia or Faulknder's hands and clothing near the hands). What does this show re Mumia's guilt? Nothing. I personally believe Faulkner shot Mumia as Mumia approached and then Kenneth Freeman, the passenger in Billy Cook's car, shot Faulkner in response.

              Second, Mumia had a right to have John Africa at the table with him during the trial, even if Africa was not a lawyer. As Mumia himself noted, at a trial in the same building, a white cop was allowed to sit at the table with his son, the defendant.  So, when Sabo denied this, it was illegitimate, and Mumia was rightfully pissed. Even before this however, Mumia had many ruling against him that were blatantly unfair (rejection of a lineup for alleged eyewitnesses to identify Mumia, a guestionare for jurors that reduces chances of discriminating against Black jurors, and more...) and during the jury selection process, he was very professional, as was noted by the Phila Inquirer.  He was then stripped of this right when a juror complained (and that complaint should have been grounds for dismissing the juror as biased) and McGill requested it....   So, criticize Mumia's later confrontational behavior in court, but it must be seen in context of this.

              •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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                Second, Mumia had a right to have John Africa at the table with him during the trial, even if Africa was not a lawyer. As Mumia himself noted, at a trial in the same building, a white cop was allowed to sit at the table with his son, the defendant.

                Your ignorance of the law is simply astounding.  Did his father act as his lawyer?  Of course not. There is a difference between a family member who was sitting at the table, and some guy who is not a lawyer acting as a lawyer.  Seriously, Hans, how do you call yourself a journalist?  I have seen better reasoning from Sarah Palin.  You have no credibility at all.  

                No, Mumia was a fool to think that a non-lawyer could be his lawyer, and he was a fool to no give his appointed lawyer full cooperation.  The fact that Mumia acted like a jackass for only part of the trial doesn't redeem him.  This was a capital murder case.  He needed competent counsel every step of the way.  

            •  say what? (0+ / 0-)

              "Mumia got shot from a gun that matched the one owned by the murdered officer. "

              Congratulations! You've proved that Faulkner shot Mumia! That wasn't exactly the case being tried, however. If that's an example of the "overwhelming evidence," I hope you're not in the legal field. Evidence would be things like physical material and eyewitness accounts. Given that there's no physical evidence tying abu-Jamal to the crime, and all eyewitness accounts have conflicted greatly--even within the same witness!--it's very hard to understand your claim of "overwhelming" without additional examples.

              And this, I don't get:

              Finally, a lot of people would rather focus on people who were actually wrongfully convicted and who might get out.

              I can only imagine that "a lot of people" focusing on abu-Jamal, would assert he was wrongly convicted. That you've decided he wasn't, based on who knows what, is telling.

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              by torridjoe on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 02:01:31 PM PST

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              •  LOL (0+ / 0-)
                I am in the legal field.  The problem is that Hans Bennett and other Mumia supporters don't have a clue about how the legal system works.  

                And there aren't a lot of people focusing on Mumia - just a few very vocal idiots.  People who want to do something about racial injustice in the legal system support groups like the Innocence Project.  They don't support attention whores like Mumia.  

                Every second that anyone has ever spent on the Mumia case has been a waste of time.  He will never get out.  The shame is that people waste their time on him could be spending time on something meaningful.  When you speak out for Mumia you are saying 1) that you are stupid as fuck, and 2) that you don't give a shit about meaningful change and would rather support your trendy little cause.  

                •  or that he was framed (0+ / 0-)

                  Yeah, he'll never get out. We'll never see a black president in my lifetime. I stopped trying for that years ago. Gay marriage will never be legal anywhere either.

                  Injustice was done. It's ALWAYS worth it to work to correct an injustice.

                  Someday you may get over your arrogance, think for yourself and review the case. It's clear you haven't yet.

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                  by torridjoe on Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 10:21:03 AM PST

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                  •  LOL (0+ / 0-)

                    Actually I have reviewed the case and understand it far better then the moron who wrote this diary.  

                    The reason that Mumia got convicted is that he refused to cooperate with his court appointed lawyer.  In representing himself, he just acted like a clown instead of putting on a defense.  Of course he got convicted.  All of these morons think that it was racism, or prosecutorial or judicial misconduct that caused the conviction. But the real reason is that Mumia is a stupid asshole.

                    Injustice was done. It's ALWAYS worth it to work to correct an injustice.

                    By promoting a media whore like Mumia, you aren't fighting injustice.  You are undermining the cause of people with legitimate claims of wrongful conviction.  You are accomplishing nothing.

                    Yeah, he'll never get out. We'll never see a black president in my lifetime. I stopped trying for that years ago. Gay marriage will never be legal anywhere either.

                    I actually always figured that we would have a black president someday and that gay marriage would be legal.  But even if those things overcame long odds, they are very different than Mumia's chances of getting out.  I realize that you and the other Mumia supporters are really fucking dumb and don't understand the law, and you can't help that.  But pretending that you do and attacking people who actually do understand the law is what is really arrogant.  

  •  Thanks for posting. Mumia as you know (2+ / 0-)
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    was an old friend/comrade of mine from the Philly BPP.  I don't think most people here realize how difficult is is to be facing death, and to continue to live, write and teach.

    I'll keep rec'ing, and reading even if no one else does.

    Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing racism, sexism,homophobism,ageism and ethnocentrism.

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 01:00:31 PM PST

  •  Spam (0+ / 0-)

    I went back as far as May 30, 2008, and this is the 26th diary by Hans Bennett with Mumia in the title.  

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