Sunday, December 11, 2011

Free Mumia? Of Course...

Mark Lewis Taylor, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary calls for the immediate release of Mumia Abu Jamal.

Writes the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture:
The redress for Abu-Jamal's 30 years of anguish and the "cruel and unusual punishment" he has suffered is not life in prison without parole. It is release from prison into the arms of family and friends, into spaces of support and life.
The real Maxwell M. Upson was an engineer, a graduate of Cornell University and a winner of the Edward Longstreth medal from the Franklin Institute for his contribution to science and the industrial arts. He holds several patents for retention and seawall design. Sounds like a pretty sensible fellow. Makes you wonder if he would enjoy having his name associated with a radical political movement to free a cop killer.

The seminary is apparently looking for a new Maxwell M. Upson Professor. Here's hoping they find one who is not such a useless idiot.

UPDATE: Debra Saunders writes:
The worst of it is that it doesn't matter if juries found defendants guilty of capital murder. It doesn't matter if voters approved their state's death penalty law. It doesn't matter if the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld states' capital punishment protocols. As long as there are judges and politicians willing to undermine the appellate process, capital punishment opponents don't have to win at the ballot or in front of the nation's top court to beat the death penalty.
Read it all here.

UPDATE II: From the comments: Steve McDonald asks if we have seen Tigre Hill's documentary "Barrel of a Gun." No, but here's the trailer.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Michael Smith said...

This animal has lived 30 years longer then he should have! I say hang him where he summarily executed officer Faulkner!

December 12, 2011 at 8:31 AM 
Blogger Elizabeth said...

have all these 'supporters' lost reality in who is the REAL victim here????? his ass should have been gone years ago but nope, these days it will be wrong to do so...why does our state even have the death penalty??? it's a disgrace that he's even alive still and ppl are bitching he's suffering in prison? writing books, giving speeches and free internet? yeah, that's really suffering. he gets things ppl will never have if they didn't work for it and he's getting them on OUR tax dollars!!!! He should be out on the streets so he can be served justice in the name of Faulkner!!!

December 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM 
Blogger jake said...

Gil,
Any chance you could influence the Daily Times to sponsor a showing of this film? The trailer appears to make the outstanding issues relevant.
I know I would like to see a more nuanced version of the events than the pro-Mumia faction would have us believe.

December 13, 2011 at 11:08 PM 

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