After prosecutors announced that convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will be spared the death penalty, the Boston Herald sought the reaction of former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell who was serving as Philadelphia’s elected district attorney at the time of the murder of Officer Daniel Faulkner and through the time of Abu-Jamal’s trial.

Abu-Jamal’s first-degree murder conviction was upheld, but the federal courts ruled that he was entitled to a new trial on the issue of the death sentence. When current prosecutors opted to forego a new trial and allow Abu-Jamal’s sentence to be converted to life without parole, Governor Rendell concurred, saying: “It is time for this struggle to end.”