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[Mumia] Abu-Jamal case back before Philadelphia court (nearly 30 years after he killed a cop)
Yahoo! News (AP) ^
| Maryclaire Dale
Posted on 11/09/2010 5:19:23 PM PST by Pyro7480
Police widows and supporters of death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal listened Tuesday as federal appeals judges debated whether the former Black Panther deserves a new sentencing hearing in a police officer's death.
The appeals court had granted the new sentencing hearing on the grounds that the jury at Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial was not given proper death-penalty instructions. But the U.S. Supreme Court this year, in rejecting a similar Ohio case, ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges to rethink its decision.
Under Pennsylvania law, Abu-Jamal should have received a life sentence if a single juror found the mitigating circumstances outweighed the aggravating factors in the slaying of Officer Daniel Faulkner.
In 2008, the three-judge appeals panel found the verdict form potentially misleading, given its repeated use of the word "unanimous," even in the section on mitigating circumstances. But the Supreme Court, as Senior Judge Robert Cowen noted Tuesday, "pooh poohed" that reasoning.
Nonetheless, the judges still seemed to see significant differences between the Abu-Jamal and Ohio cases.
"This court already agreed with (our argument), and it seems to me that they don't see any reasons to change their minds," Judith Ritter, a law professor who represents Abu-Jamal, said after the hourlong hearing.
Philadelphia prosecutor Hugh J. Burns Jr., though, called the jury instructions in the two cases nearly identical.
"They were never told they had to be unanimous on each mitigating circumstance," Burns said of the Abu-Jamal case....
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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: danielfaulkner; deathpenalty; mumia; pennsylvania; philadelphia
It's amazing we're still discussing this case and that Mumia still draws breath.
posted on 11/09/2010 5:19:31 PM PST
A society that cannot quickly execute a proven cop killer is well on its way to the trash-heap of history.
And the morons who come out supporting Mumia, my God, what a bunch of stinking, utterly stupid creeps. Where's the bolt of lightning?
posted on 11/09/2010 5:27:11 PM PST
(Obama - Jim Jones redux)
The forgotten victim
posted on 11/09/2010 5:29:08 PM PST
by A.A. Cunningham
(Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know, Mumia never even claimed he didn't
shoot Danny Faulkner. Never explicitly denied that he did it.
And of course never repented.
It blows my mind that the Bruderhof people are still supporting him. Not from a pacifist, "in principle against capital pubnihsment" thing --- that I could understand --- but actually "poor Mumia, good Mumia, noble Mumia."
I shake my head.
posted on 11/09/2010 5:29:30 PM PST
by Mrs. Don-o
(La paciencia todo lo alcanza.)
...from this mortal coil.
posted on 11/09/2010 5:29:42 PM PST
(Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
He is the best argument for a “one appeal an out” law. If a mistake is made, let God sort it out.
posted on 11/09/2010 5:30:02 PM PST
(Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
posted on 11/09/2010 5:30:23 PM PST
(NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
According to William Ayers this cop killer is merely a political prisoner.
posted on 11/09/2010 5:32:29 PM PST
(WE SAW NOVEMBER FROM OUR HOUSE)
Is that why we haven’t been seeing mouthy Marc Lamont Hill, recently?...
posted on 11/09/2010 5:35:44 PM PST
(CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
To: Mrs. Don-o
Me too. He’s a cop killer for crying out load! Fry Mumia!
posted on 11/09/2010 5:39:11 PM PST
(Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
posted on 11/09/2010 6:00:33 PM PST
posted on 11/09/2010 6:00:42 PM PST
Mumia Abu-Jamal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook on April 24, 1954)...
posted on 11/09/2010 6:00:59 PM PST
by Mrs. Don-o
(La paciencia todo lo alcanza.)
Don't expect Mumia to ever be executed. The fact is, Pennsylvania has the death penalty, but never uses it. Ever. I think the last person we executed was serial killer Gary Heidnik, and that was only because he asked to be executed. We have just too many arrogant judges and lawyers here in PA who believe their view of the law trumps the Legislature.
posted on 11/09/2010 6:10:30 PM PST
by Big E
posted on 11/09/2010 6:23:18 PM PST
(We Remembered In November.)
Light that m*********** up!
To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...
posted on 11/09/2010 7:44:38 PM PST
(The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
To: Big E
Don't expect Mumia to ever be executed. The fact is, Pennsylvania has the death penalty, but never uses it. Ever.
all moslems are terrorists
posted on 11/15/2010 5:23:21 PM PST
by John O
(God Save America (Please))
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