Mumia Abu-Jamal (Wesley Cook) was a political activist and radio journalist. He was a member of the Black Panther Party until 1970. In 1982, he was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Both his supporters and opponents disagreed on his guilt, the fairness of his trial, and whether the death penalty was appropriate. His case became an cause for international interest. In 2008, a three-judge panel of the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his conviction but ordered a new sentencing hearing because of concerns that the jury was improperly instructed. Subsequently, the US Supreme Court ordered the appeals court to reconsider rescinding his death sentence, which they did. Mumia Abu-Jamal was removed from death row in January 2012 and is now serving a life sentence.
Susan Sarandon reads a letter he wrote following his removal from death row:
Susan Sarandon reads a letter he wrote following his removal from death row.