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|Abu-Jamal death sentence thrown out|
|12/18/01 at 19:46:47|
|Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah|
I got this tip from my sister, I hadn't been keeping up. Apparently, the conviction still stands, but the current death penalty for this case was thrown out. There was even a confession by another individual who claimed he killed the cop Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing. Make du'aa truth stands clear from error. Make lots and LOTS of du'aa also for Imam Jameel Al-Amin, and lots and LOTS more du'aa for everyone else who is unfairly tried/convicted/punished.
Allah is The Judge.
Abu-Jamal death sentence thrown out
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Dec. 18, 2001
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge threw out Mumia Abu-Jamal's death sentence on Tuesday, ruling that the former journalist and Black Panther is entitled to a new sentencing hearing for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.
U.S. District Judge William Yohn ordered the state to conduct the hearing within 180 days.
"Should the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania not have conducted a new sentencing hearing ... the Commonwealth shall sentence petitioner to life imprisonment," the judge said in his 272-page ruling.
Abu-Jamal is America's most famous death-row inmate -- revered by a worldwide "Free Mumia" movement as a crusader against racial injustice, and reviled by the officers's supporters as an unrepentant cop-killer who deserves to die.
The judge refused Abu-Jamal's request for a new trial, upholding his 1982 conviction on first-degree murder charges.
The ruling could be appealed to the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Abu-Jamal was convicted of shooting officer Daniel Faulkner, 25, during the early-morning hours of Dec. 9, 1981, after the officer pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother in a downtown traffic stop.
Celebrities, death-penalty opponents and foreign politicians have since rallied to Abu-Jamal's cause, calling him a political prisoner and saying he was railroaded by a racist justice system.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe ruled Nov. 21 that she did not have jurisdiction over Abu-Jamal's petition for a new trial, scuttling his hopes for another round of state-court appeals.
Abu-Jamal exhausted the state appeals process two years ago, but a petition filed in September argued that the defense had new evidence to clear him, including a confession by a man named Arnold Beverly.
In a 1999 affidavit, Beverly claimed he was hired by the mob to kill Faulkner because the officer had interfered with mob payoffs to police.
Abu-Jamal's former lawyers, Leonard Weinglass and Daniel R. Williams, said they thought the confession was not credible and Yohn refused to order Beverly to testify on Abu-Jamal's behalf.
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