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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Maureen Faulkner
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division was blocked by bipartisan Senate opposition Wednesday in an emotional postscript to the long-ago murder of a Philadelphia policeman and the legal help his killer received.
Prosecutors have called off their 30-year battle to execute former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal for murdering a white police officer, putting to an end the racially charged case that became a major battleground in the fight over the death penalty.
"The disgusting reality with the death penalty in Pennsylvania is that the fix is in before the hearing even begins," she said.
"My family and I have endured a three-decade ordeal at the hands of Mumia Abu-Jamal, his attorneys and his supporters, who in many cases never even took the time to educate themselves about the case before lending their names, giving their support and advocating for his freedom," Mrs. Faulkner said Wednesday. "All of this has taken an unimaginable physical, emotional and financial toll on each of us."