US Court Sets November Hearing For Famed Inmate Mumia Abu Jamal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia will again review the death sentence of famed inmate Mumia Abu Jamal, on orders from the Supreme Court.
The Nov. 9 hearing could prove a setback for the convicted police killer and international cause celebre.
The appeals court had granted Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing based on what they called flawed jury instructions.
But the Supreme Court this year upheld a death sentence in an Ohio case with similar jury issues—and ordered the Philadelphia court to revisit its Abu-Jamal ruling.
Defense lawyer Robert Bryan does not believe the Ohio case seals Abu-Jamal’s fate. He says they involve different facts.
Mumia has been on death row since his 1982 conviction for killing white Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.