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Cop Killer's Commencement Speech Spurs Pennsylvania Legislation

October 07, 2014  | 

A day after cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed graduates of a Vermont college, a Pennsylvania House committee advanced a bill to give the family of the police officer he was convicted of killing a way to shut him up.

The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would let crime victims or their relatives seek injunctive relief if the criminals that harmed them seek publicity from the crime in any way, Philly.com reports.

Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) called it unconscionable that Abu-Jamal - serving life for the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner - could get national exposure with a "taxpayer-funded rant."

"The words of the victims should be louder than the criminals who sit behind concrete and steel," said Vereb. He drafted the bill after revelations that Goddard College invited Abu-Jamal to speak to graduates Sunday in prerecorded remarks.

The full House could vote on the bill as soon as Wednesday. The governor has expressed support.

The ACLU says the bill could restrict free speech rights of all felons - even those who have paid their dues.


Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 10/7/2014 8:39 AM

In all fairness an addendum to that bill should be if the convicted criminal in any way profits from anything that has to do with the criminal act he was convicted of, all proceeds should go directly to the victims family or next of kin. That is fair.

kevCopAz @ 10/7/2014 4:50 PM

We will be getting into his rights vs their rights and freedom of speech issues. Why not simply make it a DOC rule that convicts are not allowed to tape/video record anything while under DOC contrail? Certainly this would be within the rights of the state to control his and other convicts behavior while in prison. Further why is he even allowed to be in contact with anyone inside the DOC other then his Lawyer? he is a cop killer and should be in love down, since he was spared his first lawful sentence of death. Another reason why the death sentence should have been carried out, he can't speak from the grave and if he wanted to "appear in spirt" at graduation then it would be out of our hands at that point in ti,e.

TheRookie @ 10/7/2014 9:25 PM

I'm sure we'll now see the likes of Al "Cocaine Snorting C.I.7" Shark-ton, ACLU, CAIR, With-Holder, Obama, & Cronies filing complaints for Muslim & Race discrimination. They'll remind us that we need to get back into our place in line. At the far far back. Criminals have Rights not Victims or Society. Victims & Society have no (ZER0) rights.

James @ 10/8/2014 7:43 AM

I see a bleak future where the citizens will tire of being victimized by bad government and criminal thugs and finally have enough of it and strike back themselves against this problem. Have we forgot there are 300 MILLION LEGAL guns in the USA and as much as 80 Million to 150 Million illegal/unregistered guns? Already we see people shooting back like never before with even granny and Grandpa taking action where the Police have been prevented from doing their job. This in a nation of 327 million could spiral out of control with South American style death squads against criminals. Remember it happened in south America where gun ownership was non existent for the most part. Imagine when an armed populace realizes they have no choice.. We better start waking up before it gets to this point and go after the criminal element.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/9/2014 12:48 AM

I think the billing process should be changed. Right now when the ACLU, wins a case us taxpayers pay the ACLU. I say when ACLU, wins a case it should come out of the judges salary. Why should taxpayers pay for something they are not even involved in

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