Mumia Abu-Jamal is on his way to a rehearing of his conviction for killing a city cop before the state Supreme Court after Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner dropped his appeal against the move this week.

Krasner’s decision brought jeers from some, cheers from others over the case involving the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

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Reality check 1: There is no more MOVE 9 to be freed. In 1998, at age 47, Merle Africa died in prison. On June 16, 2018, Debbie Sims Africa was released on parole. So really, it should be the MOVE 6. But MOVE doesn't live in our reality so I guess that really doesn't matter, right? Reality Check 2: There have been all kinds of conspiracy and magic bullet theories about who killed Officer Faulkner. One question has never been - and probably never will be - answered. William Cook, Abu Jamal's brother was an eye witness to the murder. When questioned by police he said "I ain't got nothing to do with this." He did not testify during the trial on his brother's behalf. Why not if he was innocent? Answer: because he didn't want to perjure himself by lying on the stand. Only after the trial did he start offering up fantasy-land theories about who killed Faulkner. Reality Check 3: Abu Jamal was not a journalist at the time he shot Faulkner to death and wasn't a revolutionary on the government radar. He was working as a cab driver.

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