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Law Signed to Curb Cop Killer's 'Obscene Celebrity'

October 21, 2014  | 

Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the cause célèbre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the "obscene celebrity" cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims, reports the Associated Press.

The law allows prosecutors or crime victims to seek an injunction when an offender's conduct "perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime," including causing a temporary or permanent state of "mental anguish."

The measure won unanimous approval in the state legislature last week after Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence for the 1981 shooting death of Officer Daniel Faulkner, delivered a pre-recorded commencement address earlier this month to 21 graduates of tiny Goddard College in Vermont.

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Chuck @ 10/21/2014 4:15 PM

Why don't we permanently end all actions of cop killers by bringing old sparky back online ?

Leonard Mather @ 10/21/2014 4:36 PM

Kudos to Governor Corbett! Even though Goddard College is a blight to higher education, as are its 21 students, it is the principle that matters. Abu-Jamal, his ilk and the follower-admirers of his Sophistry should be recognized for their deviation from the norm. The Dumbing Down of America was exemplified by the Commencement speech.

Vince @ 10/21/2014 5:33 PM

Thanks to the Governor and the State Legislature for doing the right thing! Prospective employers should take note of the actions of the 21 Goddard College graduates and make the right hiring decision when they attempt to get a job. Their education has apparently not given them the ability to make rational decisions, and their work product would reflect that inability.

kevCopAz @ 10/21/2014 5:59 PM

I agree great job Pennsylvania! About time! But the truth is your State should have executed him in the first place when he was sentenced to death. I have to say as a 32+ yr LEO we do have issues in Az but there would never be protests like this against such a law here, that shows how bad Philly is in both Law & Order and the types of people who apparently live in that neighborhood. Sad

TERRY @ 10/22/2014 3:34 AM

Lets go ahead and execute the idiot then we don't have to have a law like this that stops the person from doing this. Execute Execute Execute

Rob Pfanner @ 10/22/2014 3:39 AM

Better late than never. This should have been nipped in the bud before it was allowed to take place. Fry the low life and be done with it.

Dan @ 10/22/2014 5:47 AM

More unnecessary laws. If you let someone out of prison then you lose the right to regulate their speech. Either execute the bastard or keep them in prison. I am tired of "feel good" laws and government trying to do an end around instead of addressing the real issue.

Adam @ 10/22/2014 9:15 AM

Dan he never left the prison he gave his speech via video conference. And yes the law is a little late. But better late then never maybe it will help in the future.

westcoastleo @ 10/22/2014 3:39 PM

Mumia Abu-Jamal was on the death line for years. He wormed his way off of it to Life In Jail and is now trying to be the Nelson Mandela of the US. He should have fried for the crime that he COMITTED he is a criminal and if freed or permitted to sling his bullshit he will be a king pin of domestic terrorism in our country. I would enjoy watching him being executed...

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/24/2014 5:00 PM

Any monetary gain these criminals get should also be seized and paid to his victims family.

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