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Supreme Court Makes Mumia Abu-Jamal Death Sentence Possible

January 20, 2010  | 

The Supreme Court threw out a 2008 ruling by an appeals court in Philadelphia that had set aside the death sentence of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The justices ordered the appeals court to revisit the ruling, which had said Abu-Jamal deserved a new hearing.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of first-degree murder for killing white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1980. Despite strong evidence against him, former Black Panther Abu-Jamal insists he is innocent of the crime and claims he was convicted because of racial prejudice against him. 

Just last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a neo-nazi should not get a new hearing because of poor jury instructions, the same reasoning given in the Abu-Jamal 2008 ruling.

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Tags: Officer-Involved Shootings, Sentencing, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Duty Deaths, Philadelphia PD, Cop Killers, Death Penalty Cases


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