Philadelphia, PA – The wife of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner called District Attorney Larry Krasner a liar and held a rally outside his office on Friday to demand his removal her husband’s case.
Maureen Faulkner accused Krasner of having conflicts of interest, “rolling over on appeals,” and said that since he became district attorney in January of 2018, he has told her “numerous lies and half-truths,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The widow was in town to deliver a letter to Krasner’s office that asked the district attorney to recuse himself from the ongoing appeal of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man who has already been twice convicted of murdering her husband more than 30 years ago.
“I left that first meeting willing to give you the opportunity to do the job you were elected to do, and I was cautiously optimistic that you would live up to the promises and commitments you made. Since then, you have failed us in virtually every sense,” Maureen Faulkner wrote in her letter to Krasner, according to KYW.
Outside of Krasner’s office, a crowd of more than 100 supporters gathered to hear what Officer Faulkner’s widow had to say as she held up a sign that said “Larry Krasner Is A Liar.”
“Mr. Krasner, I am asking you to voluntarily recuse yourself and anyone else in the District Attorney’s Office from my husband’s case immediately,” Maureen Faulkner announced, according to WHYY.
The widow has said that Krasner’s wife, Judge Lisa Rau, used to be a partner in the law firm that defended Abu-Jamal.
She also objected to the fact that a top deputy in the district attorney’s office once represented her husband’s killer, WHYY reported.
“You personally decided to have people who publicly advocated for the release of my husband’s killer on your transition team,” Maureen Faulkner said.
On Sept. 18, she asked the Superior Court to remove Krasner’s office from defending the guilty verdict against Abu-Jamal and asked them to have the state Attorney General’s Office represent the state’s interests in the case, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The District Attorney’s Office opposed the motion on Tuesday and denied that any conflict of interest existed.
Officer Faulkner’s brutal murder occurred on Dec. 9, 1981, after he stopped a vehicle, driven by Abu-Jamal’s brother, for driving the wrong way down a one-way street, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
As Officer Faulkner was attempting to take the driver into custody, Abu-Jamal came running from a parking lot across the street and opened fire on the 25-year-old police officer from behind.
Although he had been shot in the back four times, Officer Faulkner was able to return fire, striking the suspect.
Abu-Jamal, though hit, was able to continue shooting, and stood over the wounded officer and shot him in the face, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Officer Faulkner’s killer tried to flee, but collapsed several feet away from the fallen officer, gun in hand.
Abu-Jamal, a member of the Black Panthers, was convicted of the murder of Officer Faulkner in two separate trials and sentenced to death.
But his attorneys were able to have the death sentence changed to a life sentence in 2011 through a series of appeals.
Then they appealed again, on the basis that one of the state Supreme Court justices who heard his appeal had been district attorney during the time that office was working on Abu-Jamal’s case. The defense said he should have recused himself, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In December of 2018, a Philadelphia judge ruled that Abu-Jamal would have another opportunity to appeal his case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.