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Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? (2009)

Mumia Abu-Jamal , Alfred Sabo , John Edginton  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Alfred Sabo
  • Directors: John Edginton
  • Writers: John Edginton
  • Producers: John Edginton, Nancy Abraham, Sarah Teale, Sheila Nevins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKR48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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''In this incendiary documentary, convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and his case - along with the case's inconsistencies - are examined in detail. Since his incarceration in 1981, Abu-Jamal has become an author and NPR journalist, never offering an expl
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

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40 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lack of a "fair" trial does not equal innocence March 18, 2004
As a [Edit: FORMER] hardcore progressive activist (involved in the peace movement, oppose the death penality, etc.), I've followed the Mumia situation for quite some time. However, I've been troubled, not by the pro-death penality advocates, but by the Pro-Mumia movement itself which has repeatedly relied upon lies and manipulation to make a case for Mumia.

There are claims made in this documentary that don't hold up to scrutiny.

The caliber of the gun "not matching" the murder weapon: This claim is based on a hand written note of the initial doctor who saw Faulkner's body who had very little training in ballistics. Afterwards this doctor retracted his statement and stated quite bluntly that he was just guessing. Those trained in ballistics have stated that the bullet that killed Faulker did indeed come from the gun owned by Mumia. It was in fact Mumia's gun which killed officer Faulkner. Did Mumia pull the trigger? We can't be 100 percent sure.

Mumia's brother has not testified on his behalf nor made ANY - EVER - public statement in defense of Mumia. And Mumia's brother was at the scene of the crime. Mumia activists state that the brother won't come forward because of fear of reprisals. This just doesn't make sense. Mumia has been on death row! Couldn't he make a video statement taped in another country which won't extradite him should there be any ramifications from his actions?

Mumia's confession: Pro-Mumia activists claim that the police officer who quotes Mumia confessing to the killing only came forward months after the fact. The argument is that a confession of this importance should have been reported immediately and that this kind of behavior indicates a possible fabrication given the delay. This seems to make sense on its face.
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This documentary is somewhat dated but still powerful and moving. For anyone unfamiliar with Mumia Abu-Jamal's case - or anyone who knows only the prosecution's story parroted by the corporate media - this DVD clearly shows how the corrupt and brutal Philadelphia police, with the collusion of a corrupt, racist prosecutor and a bigoted, biased judge, used inconclusive, contradictory - and at least partially fabricated - evidence and testimony to railroad a brilliant African-American journalist to a murder conviction and death sentence for reporting on police brutality and surviving a police officer's attempt on his life. An unbiased and rational assessment of the facts, and the totality of the evidence that has been uncovered in this case, can only lead to a conclusion of DOUBT. Most people who claim certainty of Mumia Abu-Jamal's innocence were not present at the shooting incident which led to his arrest and conviction - but neither was ANYONE who claims certainty of his guilt. Mumia Abu-Jamal should have been acquitted because he was NEVER fairly or conclusively proven guilty. The best part of the DVD for me was the interview with Mumia himself, who has always maintained his innocence. Thankfully, Mumia is no longer under the threat of execution, but he remains wrongfully imprisoned for life without parole. Anyone who believes in First Amendment rights, judicial fairness, racial justice or any of the principles this "land of liberty" claims to stand for, should demand that the state FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE August 6, 2011
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Mumia Abu-Jamal is an innocent man that has been violated in every way possible by the Philadelphia Police, DA, and F.O.P. This film exposes some of the ways the system gets-its-man. Mumia Abu-Jamal's case is a complete failure, and travesty of justice. This film is compelling, and it will greatly inform viewers of the facts that aren't reported on by the commercial news media. MUMIA ABU-JAMAL MUST BE FREED!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of the brave man's life June 16, 2014
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If you can see through the mess of politics that come about when a white man, especially a cop is dead and someone believes it was a black man---strange how the reverse doesn't' really get so much of a reaction out of the powers that be.
Great story, I hope this man gets his well-deserved re-trial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt? May 1, 2009
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Very informative video. Gave insight on a case that I knew relatively nothing about. Also raised the question of whether jurors in US Courts really know how high a standard 'Guilt Beyond a Reasonable Doubt' really is. As a lawyer, I know that the standard means that there is absolutely no rational explanation for the occurrence of a crime, except that the defendant did it. Under the facts as presented in the video, had jurors applied the standard fairly, there is no way this man would have been convicted.
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20 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not accurate January 25, 2003
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...I covered the Mumia trial. He did everything he could to sabotage his own defense. Mumia insisted again and again to a weary Judge Sabo that John Africa, founder of MOVE, represent him in the murder trial...even though John Africa was not a lawyer. A shooting that takes place in the wee hours of the morning in a shady center city neighborhood will NOT have very savory or perfect witnesses. This one did not. But if Mumia was defending his brother from Officer Daniel Faulkner, why didn't Mumia's brother testify on Mumia's behalf? Why was Faulkner shot in the head with Mumia's gun at point blank range? This documentary is a one sided mess. Mumia and Officer Faulkner deserve better.
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