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.