Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook on April 24, 1954) is an American convicted murderer, sentenced to death for the December 9, 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He has been described as "perhaps the best known Death-Row prisoner in the world", and his sentence is one of the most debated today. Before his arrest he was a member of the Black Panther Party, an activist, part-time cab driver, journalist, radio personality, news commentator and broadcaster.
Albert F. Sabo (December 21, 1920–May 8, 2002) was an American lawyer and judge of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. He is best known for presiding over the 1982 murder trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Sabo served as a judge from 1974 until his retirement in 1998. For 15 years while on the bench, Sabo exclusively heard homicide cases.
Daniel J. Faulkner (December 21, 1955 – December 9, 1981) was a police officer in the American city of Philadelphia who was shot and killed in the line of duty by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Faulkner's murder was the culmination of a traffic stop in downtown Philadelphia, not initially involving Abu-Jamal, which escalated into an exchange of gunfire in which Abu-Jamal was himself shot and wounded by officer Faulkner.
The Partisan Defense Committee describes itself as a "a class-struggle, non-sectarian legal and social defense organization that champions cases and causes in the interests of the whole of the working people. " The PDC works in accordance with the political orientation of the Spartacist League. The committee organizes demonstrations and performs legal work in defense of "class struggle" prisoners. Its longest standing campaign has been in defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Leonard I. Weinglass is a U.S. lawyer and civil rights activist. Weinglass graduated from Yale Law School in 1958. He served as a Captain, Judge Advocate, United States Air Force from 1959 to 1961. He was admitted to the bar in the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. He taught criminal trial advocacy at the University of Southern California Law School from 1974 to 1976, and at the People's College of Law, in Los Angeles, California from 1974 to 1975.
Arnold Beverly was a figure in the legal appeals following the 1982 trial of Mumia Abu-Jamal for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. In 1999, Beverly swore to and signed an affidavit stating that while acting as a mob hitman hired by corrupt Philadelphia police officers, he, not Abu-Jamal, killed officer Faulkner.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Mumia Abu-Jamal was a 1982 murder trial in which Mumia Abu-Jamal was tried and convicted for the first-degree murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner. Appeal of the conviction was denied by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1989, and in the following two years the Supreme Court of the United States denied both Abu-Jamal's petition for writ of certiorari, and his petition for rehearing.