Monday, October 06, 2008

Supreme Court Rejects Jamal Appeal


WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal for a new trial for death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer.

The justices did not comment on their action today, which leaves in place a federal appeals court ruling that upholds Abu-Jamal's murder conviction, but orders a new sentencing hearing.

Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot to death after pulling over Abu-Jamal's brother in an overnight traffic stop.

The case has drawn worldwide attention.

Prosecutors say Faulkner, 25, managed to shoot Abu-Jamal during the confrontation. A wounded Abu-Jamal, his own gun lying nearby, was still at the scene when police arrived, and authorities consider the evidence against him overwhelming.

Abu-Jamal, born Wesley Cook, has argued in numerous appeals that racism by the judge and prosecutors corrupted his 1982 conviction at the hands of a mostly white jury. Prosecutors, meanwhile, had appealed a federal judge's 2001 decision to grant Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions.


At 6:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace at last

jon pisano

At 4:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, Ha Mumia supporters,face it your hero is an affirmed cop killer! Try fighting a real cause. This one is ending with your guy dying on death row.

At 5:13 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

AFP news service just announced that the US Supreme Court has rejected Mumia’s PCRA appeal based on the affidavits of Kenneth Pate and Yvette Williams. The appeal had been filed in July, after it was rejected by the PA Supreme Court in Feb, 2008, and in 2005 by Philadelphia judge Pamela Dembe. the recent Third Circuit decision that denied a new guilt phase trial. The deadline for Mumia and the DA to appeal this to the US Supreme Court is October 20, unless Mumia’s lawyer applies for a 60 day extension.


At 6:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mumia is guilty as sin. Anyone supporting this cop killer should be ashamed. This is not a black/white issue. He's a killer. End of story.

At 9:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we finally put this scumbag murdering animal out of our misery..Hell I was a medic,I'll pay my own way to PA and hook up the IV lines and push the drugs for free. It would be an honor!!!


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