Mumia's case isn't as simple as people like to make it seem.
In one part of the book--printed in the Inquirer, which is running multiple excerpts--a reporter asks Faulkner what she wants. She wants Mumia to die. No Amish-style forgiveness. An eye for an eye.
Yet other cases show that what looks so clear to one person can be refracted differently by another.
In 1986 Rev. Bill Bosler was murdered in Miami. The killer, James Campbell, also attacked Bosler's daughter SueZann. When she recovered from her stab wounds, SueZann began a campaign--one that would consume her life in the same way Maureen Faulkner's campaign on behalf of Danny's memory has guided hers--to ensure her attacker wasn't given the death penalty. She failed initially, but 10 and a half years after he killed her father, Campbell's sentence was changed to life in prison. SueZann thanked the jury after the sentence was handed down, saying, "Now I can go on with my life."
Maureen Faulkner was recently quoted by Reuters saying something similar: "If [Abu-Jamal] is put to death, I would be able to have a normal life."