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Daniel Faulkner. Who is he you ask? Well, nobody really. But, in 1981, he was a young police officer patrolling the streets of Philadelphia who stopped a vehicle for making an illegal turn. Now he’s a footnote in the death row heroics of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the journalist and activist, convicted of the murder of Faulkner. This week, passionate supporters of Abu-Jamal (and there are many) announced that he is taking his fight to the Supreme Court. Abu-Jamal argues that his trial was unfair, his Sixth Amendment rights being violated when he was not allowed to represent himself and then was removed from the court for much of the proceedings due to his protests.

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