“Myths About Mumia” exist to debunk the dishonest propaganda that is circulated by Mumia Abu-Jamal’s lawyers and supporters. The goal of this propaganda is to dupe others, primarily young people, into believing that Jamal is an innocent man who didn’t receive a fair trial. Our list of “myths” was compiled from various printed materials distributed by Jamal’s adherents, from books and articles written by Jamal’s attorneys, and legal briefs that have been filed on Jamal’s behalf.


Myth # 1

The bullet that killed Officer Faulkner was a .44 caliber bullet, while Jamal’s gun was a .38 caliber.

Myth # 2

Several “eyewitnesses” saw someone else shoot Officer Faulkner and then escape up an alley.

Myth # 3

The jury that convicted Mumia Abu-Jamal was racially stacked against him by the prosecutor, who used eleven of his peremptory challenges to exclude qualified black jurors, solely because they were black.

Myth # 4

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a political prisoner who was convicted and sentenced to death because of his political beliefs and his past membership in the Black Panthers.

Myth # 5

The court allocated just $150 for Mumia Abu-Jamal and his attorney to mount their entire defense.

Myth # 6

The Philadelphia Police Department lost evidence, withheld evidence, coerced witnesses and conspired against Mr. Jamal to obtain a conviction.

Myth # 7

In an effort to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal and secure a conviction, the Philadelphia Police fabricated a story about Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Emergency Room confession.

Myth # 8

Mr. Jamal was coming to the aid of his brother who was being brutally beaten by Officer Faulkner.

Myth # 9

Mumia Abu-Jamal was denied his right to self representation, in violation of his Constitutional Rights.

Myth # 10

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s court appointed attorney was admittedly incompetent and incapable of mounting a defense on Jamal’s behalf.

Myth # 11

Judge Albert Sabo has sentenced more black people to death than any other Judge in the U.S. Therefore, he had a bias against Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Myth # 12

The ballistics evidence used to convict Mumia Abu-Jamal was flawed. The police failed to test Jamal’s hands to see if he had recently fired a gun and they never “sniffed” Jamal’s gun to see if it had been fired.

Myth # 13

Only one prosecution witness saw Mr. Jamal with a gun.

Myth # 14

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an “award winning journalist” who was targeted by police and Mayor Frank Rizzo because he had repeatedly exposed police corruption in Philadelphia.

Myth # 15

Some of Jamal’s supporters suggest that the “real killer’s” driver’s license was found in Officer Faulkner’s pocket the morning he was murdered.

Myth # 16

The downward angle of Jamal’s wound makes the prosecution’s explanation of the shooting impossible.

Myth # 17

Justice for Daniel Faulkner response to the Arnold Beverly Story.