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Supreme Court Overturns Ruling that Nullified Death Penalty for Cop Killer

Supreme Court Overturns Ruling that Nullified Death Penalty for Cop Killer

Officer Daniel Faulkner

The AP via YellowBrix

January 20, 2010

Philadelphia – The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a ruling that had set aside the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in the 1980s in a racially tinged case that has made the former Black Panther an international cause celebre.

The justices ordered the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to revisit its 2008 ruling that Abu-Jamal deserved a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions.

The Supreme Court pointed to its decision in an Ohio case last week, when it said a neo-Nazi killer did not deserve a new sentencing hearing on those grounds.

A mostly white Philadelphia jury convicted Abu-Jamal of killing white Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

Prosecutors think Faulkner and Abu-Jamal exchanged gunfire after Abu-Jamal’s brother was pulled over in a traffic stop. A wounded Abu-Jamal, his own gun lying nearby, was still at the scene when police arrived, and authorities consider the evidence against him overwhelming.

But he maintains his innocence. Since his conviction, activists in the United States and Europe have rallied in support of his claim that he was the victim of a racist justice system.

The issue over jury instructions relates to whether jurors understood how to weigh mitigating circumstances that might have kept Abu-Jamal off death row.

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    uncledennis1

    about 4 years ago

    23118 Comments

    Paul Newman & Mike Farrell are just a couple who jumped on the band wagon to free this scumbag. It is past due for the "Big Sleep".

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    petecoolcattt

    about 4 years ago

    652 Comments

    What 'Frog-Sh&t. Send the prick to Hell.......

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    bklyn

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    there are a lot of criminals who once they wind up behind bars become "saved". great , thats because most of their drugs supply and way of living stopped (i say most because there is a lot of stuff they get in prison) - some become artists, some preachers. some denounce gangs. i say good for you however the result was the same - you committed a crime , in this case someone (an officer died) and i dont care how many celebrities, politicians or anyone else is in your corner. i have been at many death row executions and witnessed many of the victims families denounce the executions and "pray" for their suspect.
    heck - give me the needles or let me push the buttons. say goodbye cop killer.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    10924 Comments

    I can't imagine being a family member of Officer Faulkner's and having to go through a wide-awake night mare like this for over 25 years. I understand his widow, Maureen, wrote a book about this, entitled "Murdered by Mumia". Tried to find it in the local library, but no luck. Hope to find a copy of it soon.

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    dslow

    about 4 years ago

    704 Comments

    FRY MUMIA!

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    JeMan

    about 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    I agree lets kill the POS. It's sad that many Americans have also supported this radical nut job.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I was 8 months old when Wesley Cook (I refuse to justify his delusions by calling him Mumia) murdered Danny Faulkner and now I've been a cop almost six years...WHY IS THIS POS STILL ALIVE???

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    bill9823

    about 4 years ago

    2106 Comments

    Maybe they can send him to hell now

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    fletc

    about 4 years ago

    182 Comments

    "activists in the United States and Europe have rallied in support of his claim that he was the victim of a racist justice system."

    What a bunch of asshats.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Almost 40 years and he is still on death row? Justice delayed is justice denied.

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    wildsoldier

    about 4 years ago

    1246 Comments

    Just kill him already.....

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    41192 Comments

    I can't say much more. Echo................................................................................

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    APDSARGE

    about 4 years ago

    1064 Comments

    Can't say it any better than my brothers before me. So I won't. BUMP!

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    tlwinkles379

    about 4 years ago

    2428 Comments

    Good! Fry him. So much for all that Ben and Jerry's money!!! Serves them right.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    This was a positive decision. I have the utmost respect for Officer Faulkner's widow.

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