Faulkner widow appeals to DA directly to recuse himself from Mumia Abu-Jamal case

Kristen Johanson
October 04, 2019 - 1:09 pm

UPDATED: 3:45 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner, is calling for District Attorney Larry Krasner to recuse himself from ongoing appeal efforts made by the man convicted of killing Faulkner: Mumia Abu Jamal. She says Krasner has lied to her over and over, and he has major conflicts of interest in the case. 

Maureen Faulkner has given a letter to the DA urging him to step aside, claiming that four different leaders in Krasner's office, as well as Krasner’s wife, either represented Abu Jamal or have ties to the case.


In front of nearly 100 supporters with signs, Faulkner read aloud the letter, calling for him to step aside on Abu Jamal's case.

"I want him recused off of Danny Faulkner’s case," she said, citing two primary conflicts.

Faulkner says Krasner’s wife, civil courts Judge Lisa Rau, was a partner in a law firm that represented Abu Jamal in an appeal attempt, despite telling Faulkner he had no intimate knowledge of the case. 

"That is a conflict of interest, especially when the district attorney told me he knew nothing about this case other than that what he read in the news," Faulkner said. "He lied."

And, she says Appeals Unit head Paul George once represented Abu Jamal. 

"Jody Dodd, who sits in the District Attorney's Office at a desk, who was involved with the friends and family of Mumia Abu Jamal — I mean, she directly advocated for him," Faulkner said.

She says Krasner has failed her, a victim, in every way.

"The District Attorney's Office does not have an attorney for my husband's case, so they said we are just going to let it roll over and go through to the PCRA," Faulkner said, referring to Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act. 

"I screamed and I cried. I was absolutely appalled. How can the district attorney not have an attorney for someone who brutally murdered a police officer in the city of Philadelphia?"

Faulkner says her legal team will fight to get Krasner removed, and push the case to the attorney general.

The District Attorney’s Office filed a motion refuting each of Faulkner’s claims and outlining why in regards to each of the alleged "conflicts of interest." They say they have never had a conflict of interest, as Faulkner suggests.