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Mumia Abu Jamal Gets Another Day in Court; Update: A "Human Rights Campaigner"
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Via Ed and Power Line, the AFP is calling Mumia a “human rights campaigner.” I’m going to throw up.



Yet another reason for the cult of Mumia to rejoice. He’s won another day in court. The Philly Inquirer reports:

In a major victory for world-famous death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, a federal appeals court today refused to reinstate his death sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Abu-Jamal must be sentenced to life in prison or get a chance with a new Philadelphia jury, which would decide anew whether he should get life in prison or be sentenced – again – to death.

At the same time, the judges upheld his first-degree murder conviction, rejecting Abu-Jamal’s claim that he deserves an entirely new trial and a chance to prove his innocence.

Abu-Jamal, who has written books and given taped speeches from death row, was convicted in 1982 by a Philadelphia jury of killing Faulkner, who was shot to death near 13th and Locust Streets in the early morning hours of Dec. 9, 1981.

The court upheld, in all respects, the 2001 decision by U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr., who rejected all but one of Abu-Jamal’s legal claims, but threw out the death sentence.

Yohn ruled that the jury in Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial may have mistakenly believed it had to agree unanimously on any “mitigating” circumstances — factors that might have persuaded jurors to decide on a life sentence instead of death.

The appeals court affirmed that decision, and said that the state has six months to hold a new sentencing hearing for Abu-Jamal, or he must be sentenced to life in prison.

“The jury instructions and the verdict form created a reasonable likelihood that the jury believed it was precluded form finding a mitigating circumstance that had not been unaanimously agreed upon,” wrote Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica in the 77-page opinion.

An appeal is virtually certain.

Flashback: Challenging the cult of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Flashback: Remembering Danny Faulkner

Flashback: Denouncing Mumia Chic

Flashback: A street named Mumia Abu Jamal

Flashback: Philadelphia fever: The Mumia parade

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