Skip to comments.Appeals Court to Hear Mumia Abu-Jamal Case
Posted on 12/08/2005 10:20:16 AM PST by NormsRevenge
PHILADELPHIA - A federal appeals court has agreed to hear an appeal from death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther convicted in the 1981 murder of a white Philadelphia police officer.
In the most significant ruling in the case in four years, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it would consider three of Abu-Jamal's claims.
Abu-Jamal, 51, a one-time radio reporter, was convicted in 1982 of shooting Daniel Faulkner, 25, after the officer pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother in 1981.
Abu-Jamal's attorney, Robert Bryan, did not immediately return a call for comment.
Prosecutor Hugh Burns called the decision a blow to Abu-Jamal's defense because the court dismissed dozens of other claims from the inmate as frivolous. "The case is moving after four years, which is good," he said Thursday.
Abu-Jamal's writings and taped speeches on the justice system have made him a cause celebre among Hollywood activists, foreign politicians and some death-penalty opponents, who believe he is the victim of a racist justice system.
In 2001, a federal judge overturned Abu-Jamal's death sentence but upheld his conviction. Both sides have appealed that ruling, and Abu-Jamal remains on death row.
The appeals court said Tuesday it will consider Abu-Jamal's claims that prosecutors illegally removed blacks from the jury pool, that a prosecutor gave an improper summation to the jury, and that the judge in a previous appeal was biased.
Another liberal hero.
Aw jeez, not this sh*t again.
Free all these scumbags like Mumia and Tookie and let them live with Mike Farrel and Ed Asner.
Fry Mumia? Yep!
Mumia's bullets are in the cop. The cop's bullets are in Mumia. COINCIDENCE?
One year at Rutgers, an entire run of one of our alternative weeklies was stolen for saying just that on the cover. It was illuminating to see liberal free speech in action.
Only if you're a Philly appeals judge, I guess.
Has Mumia even denied the charge?
I haven't ever seen a claim of innocence that was his own.
You know, I was living in Trenton, just across the river, when his first execution date was coming up. There was quite a stir in the media. That was the winter of '99. He must have some mighty good lawyers.
One day the Tree of Liberty is going to be amply fed.
The US death penalty system needs an overhaul. Mumia shot and killed Mr. Faulker in 1981! It is almost 2006! There is no way it should take almost 25 years for a case to move its way through the system. Mumia should have been executed by now later than 1983!
The Left continues to be on the wrong side of everything; they ought to fly this scumbag out to San Quentin and make him and Tookie a doubleheader. I'd pay the airfare. Sheesh!
Guilty as sin and a prime candidate for Old Sparky. Its been too long for this creep, living at taxpayer expense in some fancy prison.
in your pants youre
Youll meet Sparky hes electric of your writing he cares not that its eclectic
In your cause your
fans are mired
but 5 bullets
you had fired
Its the truth they cannot handle for the officer they never held a candle
By the liberals
they think every-
By your tactics theyre deluded they should join you and should all be executed
You fooled Whoopi
you fooled Woody
each of them is
quite a goodie
They exhibit fuzzy thinking most positions that they take are really stinking
With the crime that you committed
your own life you have forfeited
Its your choice and its long overdue that they are silencing your voice
Tell Ed Asner he can stick though hell demonstrate and picket
His best days had left him long ago and this is how he plays
Wait a minute
come on judges
lets get real
For your exit we are yearning in the bargain we may get to see you burning
Theres one chance to
theres a plan that
we could fashion
We might spare your worthless bottom by arranging you trade places with Ms. Rodham
FREEE MUMIA!!!!! /sarcasm
Isn't that the court Alito sits on?
No, because Farrell and Asner are FREE. As much as we disagree, they are allowed to make @sses out of themselves in public. Mumia and "Tookie", these two filthy subhumans, are murderers and should be dispatched to hell as soon as our legal system gets its head out of its rump and enforces their sentence. Never free.
(meaning he will be on SCOTUS)
Ping to Physicist.
Hmmm. So torn on this. I guess I will trust the justices to get it right without Alito's wisdom. Unlikely he would have been assigned anyway.
If mumia doesn't fry, I want my money back.
Isn't that the court Alito sits on?
Yes it is.
No kidding! If the evidence is clear there is no need for 25 years of appeals. If any real question of guilt exist (they don't for Mumia or Tookie) then death shouldn't be the sentence in the first place.
We need a fast track death penalty: Perp walk to dirty nap in 12-24 months. That is more than enough time to review the case.
FREE MUSIC!!! Oh, thought this was a RIAA thread...
I thought we torched that guy already???
"Abu-Jamal, 51, a one-time radio reporter, was convicted in 1982 of shooting Daniel Faulkner, 25, after the officer pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother in 1981."
At the risk of being unpopular, I think that the officer was actually beating his brother at the time. Now I am not defending Jamal , i am just pointing out the fact.
Free Mumia! Mumia is innocent!
Mumia didn't kill the cop; it was that "Allah" character, posing as Saint Malcolm, utilizing evil and insidious mind control techniques.
I was aware that Officer Faulkner had pulled Mambolia's brother over, but this is the first I have ever heard of any beating, and I have read numerous articles about this case. I have always been struck by the fact (as I remember it) that Mambolia's brother was at the scene of the shootings and yet did not testify in his brother's defense. Do you know why that was?
(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")
He gave an account to the police at the scene, and later to Mumia's defense team, but never testified. I had always heard/read that it was because he was afraid he would be charged in connection, although he was tried for assault against Faulkner. The whole case has alot of strange circumstance and was a mess from the beginning, IMO.
Mumia murdered Daniel Faulkner 24 years ago today.
Prayers for Maureen Faulkner, and Danny's brothers as they observe this sad anniversary.