David Lindorff author of Killing Time: An Investigation Into The Death row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal ($19.95, Common Courage Press)
In the first independent book on the case, which arrives at conclusions not by conviction but by reportage, investigative reporter Dave Lindorff offers explosive new evidence about the prosecution, the defense and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Consider the evidence being kept hidden from the public--by both the defense and the prosecution. New evidence to show presiding Judge Sabo had made up his mind about the case and the punishment before the trialís end. The extent of police corruption not just in Philadelphia, but of a third of those working directly on the case. The disastrous missteps of Abu-Jamalís appellate lawyers and the secret flaws of his new defense team. The struggle over Abu-Jamalís new line of defense arguing that a hit man may have been involved. New evidence about the "blurted out" confession Abu-Jamal is alleged to have uttered. What Judge Yohn, who set aside the death sentence, missed entirely. And the missing evidence that reveals the presence of another participant at the shooting scene. This is a compelling page-turner by an investigator who never stops digging. Wherever you started on this famous case, Lindorff will leave you with an entirely new perspective.
Award-winning investigative reporter and Fulbright Scholar Dave Lindorff has been working as a journalist for 30 years. He ran the Daily News bureau, covering Los Angeles County government, spent several years as a correspondent in Hong Kong and China for Business Week, and has written for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Nation, In These Times, Mother Jones, Village Voice, Salon, the London Observer and the Australian National Times. He lives in Philadelphia.
At last! At long last! After 20 heartbreaking, confusing, infuriating years, a journalist worthy of the name has finally put his magnifying glass on America's most notorious death penalty case. Dave Lindorff's meticulous examination of the trials of Mumia Abu-Jamal spares no one. His incisive and exhaustive probe reveals flaws on both sides of this hellacious process. Having exposed the failings of prosecutors, judges and defense attorneys while laying bare the inexcusable rot in its criminal justice system, Lindorff had better stay out of Philadelphia.
--Mike Farrell, chair of Death-Penalty Focus, and former co-head of Committee to Save Mumia
Dave Lindorff has written a magnificent book. From the sprawling, endless turbulence and confusion of Mumia Abu-Jamalās trials, he has distilled alucid, fair, absorbing and ground-breaking account, which should compel the respect of any fair-minded person. At last I feel I can understand the casein its entirety and the precise nature of the injustices inflicted on Mumia Abu-Jamal.
--Alexander Cockburn, columnist, The Nation
Killing Time makes an extremely compelling case for a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal. I applaud David Lindorff for his courageous and thorough examination of this case, which further serves to illustrate that as long as we have a justice system run by humans, error is virtually guaranteed.
--Rev. Jesse Jackson
Lindorff provides an extraordinary roadmap of the attempted lynching of Abu-Jamal,revealing disturbing new evidence and explaining subtle yet significant nuances in a format free of the partisanship that has polluted many of the previous examinations of this ugly case.
--Linn Washington, journalism professor, Temple University, and columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune
Dave Lindorff's Killing Time stands alone as a full and fair-minded analysis of the case brought against Mumia Abu-Jamal. As such it throws lurid light on the workings of the institutions that played a role in carrying out and publicizing the case: the Philadelphia police, the judiciary, and the seriously biased media. .It also makes a completely compelling case that Mumia Abu-Jamal'strial and treatment by police and courts from his moment of arrest to the present failed to meet minimal standards of justice.
---Edward S. Herman, U of Penn Wharton School professor emeritus, media critic and co-author with Noam Chomsky of Manufacturing Consent