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Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Gets New Sentencing Hearing

April 26, 2011  | 

Mumia Abu-Jamal was awarded a new sentencing hearing today by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, but an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court appears likely by the district attorney.

In the 32-page decision issued by the court, it accepted defense arguments that the jury instructions at his original 1982 trial were unclear.

Abu-Jamal remains on death row at the state prison in Waynesburg in southwest Pennsylvania for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

The decision does not give him a new trial on the murder charge; his conviction remains in effect.

But Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams issued a statement that, "granting this new sentencing hearing is contrary to clearly established precedent of the United States Supreme Court, and we are now considering whether to seek further review of today's decision in the Supreme Court."

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Michael @ 4/26/2011 8:11 PM

This piece of shit shouldn't still be alive. This is a slap to all LEO everywhere. This is whats wrong with our justice system and why LEO keep getting killed. I am sick of these liberal attorney's and judges letting this crap get to this point. If you get convicted of murder of a LEO, it should be that you have no more rights or appeals. The only thing you get is an appointment to meet your maker period. That would make these scumbags think twice before killing a cop. I wish the justice system would pull their heads out of their butts. Stop playing these dam games, put these AH to death.... It might help save LEO's lives. These appeals drag out for years, what a waste of money and time invested in nothing. I find this so frustrating and it seems like it could be much simpler if we changed our laws alittle. Ha..... We know that will never happen. Just my feelings on this subject.

wmccarty @ 4/27/2011 4:17 AM

Third Circus Court of Schlameels....what a joke they are. No wonder our country is going to hell so quickly.

Greg @ 4/27/2011 4:32 AM

So, with Eric Holder at Justice (justice? if you're one of his people I guess justice) and the Bama' as president...he should be out with time served very shortly. Wonder where he'll run for elected office?

Morning Eagle @ 4/27/2011 8:49 AM

Michael's comments are right on. It seems clear the steady erosion of the proper functioning of our now so called criminal justice system bears much of the responsibility for the current increasing trend by offenders to kill law enforcement officers without hesitation. Judges, spineless prosecutors too often willing to make deals with defense weasels, and parole boards that seem to have no common sense all contribute to an atmosphere that says "even if I happen to get caught I will continue to live."

For this particular POS to still be alive and filing appeals after sitting on "death row" for twenty years is inexcusable and though not surprising, it is a prime example of how broken the "justice" system is. That is especially true in the cases where LEOs have been killed. We have reached a point where a death sentence is almost a joke.

It is so disappointing to see reports where the killer was taken into custody instead of being shot to death while resisting arrest. Even more sickening is to read comments by some department administrator expressing his "relief" that the killer of one (or more) of his officers had been arrested unharmed. These killers shouldn't be arrested unharmed, they should be dead because chances are excellent the courts will not ensure their prompt demise.

Ghettocop @ 5/3/2011 10:44 AM

Give him a hearing a carry out the sentence he deserves (death) immediately. The time and attention that all the Hollywood "Stars" and National Public Radio give to this murderer is incredible and speaks volumes to their agendas.

A cop killer is a cop killer, carry out the sentence....

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