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Widow of slain officer removed from hearing

Abu-Jamal seeks new appeal

PHILADELPHIA — The widow of a police officer slain almost four decades ago was removed from a courtroom after protesting a judge’s decision to extend the appeal hearing of former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Maureen Faulkner had flown in from California, hoping for an end to the long series of appeals by the former Black Panther convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner.

Defense attorneys are seeking to have Abu-Jamal’s previous appeals vacated so they can file a new appeal, arguing that a state Supreme Court justice should have recused himself from the case.

Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker on Monday granted a 30-day extension to defense attorneys who say they are trying to recover a document that they hope will support their case.

The paper reported that Faulkner stood up and cried out to the judge, saying, with her voice breaking, “With all due respect, your honor! I have another 30 days that I have to go through this pain and suffering?”

Outside, the paper reported, Faulkner apologized and said, “My emotions got the best of me. I mean, when is this case going to end for us?”

Abu-Jamal spent 29 years on death row after his conviction in the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal has maintained his innocence.