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Abu-Jamal Lawyers Claim '82 Trial Bias
AP via SFGate ^
| MARYCLAIRE DALE
Posted on 05/17/2007 10:28:03 AM PDT by SmithL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Hundreds of supporters of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal protested outside a federal appeals court Thursday as lawyers challenged his 1982 conviction for the killing of a police officer.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is weighing three issues in the case: whether the trial judge was racially biased, whether the judge erred in instructing jurors on the death penalty, and whether the prosecution preferred white jurors to black jurors.
Abu-Jamal, 53, wants his conviction overturned. Prosecutors want his death penalty, thrown out in 2001, reinstated.
In court, the appellate judges pressed attorneys on both sides about the question of whether blacks had been intentionally kept off the jury that convicted Abu-Jamal a quarter century ago and sentenced him to death.
Abu-Jamal's attorneys argue that they were, but both sides agree there is no record from the 150-person jury pool to prove it one way or the other.
"I don't know how we could get it," Abu-Jamal attorney Robert R. Bryan told the court.
Philadelphia prosecutors say the evidence against Abu-Jamal is overwhelming.
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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: copkiller; deathpenalty; frymumia; mumia
posted on 05/17/2007 10:28:04 AM PDT
Oh, I thought Hillary Clinton was STILL representing the Black Panthers ???
posted on 05/17/2007 10:30:17 AM PDT
Why Mumia Abu-Jamal is still alive after receiving the death sentence 25 years ago and has become a left wing icon since probably sums up everything that is wrong with our judicial system and drive by media...
posted on 05/17/2007 10:31:27 AM PDT
(My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
The police screwed up taking him alive.
posted on 05/17/2007 10:32:14 AM PDT
(You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
posted on 05/17/2007 10:45:27 AM PDT
(Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
I certainly don’t agree with the lawyers’ claims on this but I’m sure that there was bias during the trial. I’d expect most sensible people to have a bias against a murderous thug. Why is Abu-Jamal still alive?
posted on 05/17/2007 10:53:05 AM PDT
"Mumia represents a lot of blacks locked up in prison today," Shell said.
Fry them too.
posted on 05/17/2007 10:56:54 AM PDT
Was he a buddy of Tookie?
posted on 05/17/2007 11:08:59 AM PDT
(He's clerking for me...)
There were eye witnesses who watched Jamal execute the officer, watched Jamal get shot and slump in the curb, watched the police arrive and take jamal into custody, and identified Jamal on the spot. They never lost sight of him.
His own brother is an eyewitness who has refused to testify for him, and it was the brother being arrested that resulted in Jamal shooting the cop.
Can't think of a stupider case than this one for people to take up a cause.
posted on 05/17/2007 11:13:05 AM PDT
I can’t believe this scum is still breathing. Or that we’re talking about ANOTHER appeal.
posted on 05/17/2007 11:14:42 AM PDT
(I support global warming.)
My eyes saw Abu-Jamal, and on the way to my brain it got muddled into Abdul-Jabbar, and I had a WTF? moment.
posted on 05/17/2007 11:15:44 AM PDT
(You have to defile a mummy completely, or they come back to life. You know that.)
This murdering POS should have been worm food many, many years ago. With that said, I’ll settle for the fact that he has to look a bars for the rest of his crummy life.
posted on 05/17/2007 12:15:36 PM PDT
posted on 05/17/2007 1:20:08 PM PDT
(Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
He should still be called Wesley Cook.
posted on 05/17/2007 11:31:28 PM PDT
(I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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