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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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  • Washington_max50

    WASP7000

    over 4 years ago

    998 Comments

    The race card always comes out doesn't it?

  • Silver_warrior_max50

    Beowulf_7

    over 4 years ago

    730 Comments

    Well it's nice to see fplasencia letting it all out. . . . . .a person could get hurt holding that much back. Let's see though, the news the last couple of days has finally had positive issues in it. . . . .a new Senator (hopefully open minded) in Massachusetts and THIS PIECE OF (censored) FINALLY GETS HIS JUST DESERTS! Maybe. Let's hope the jurists can find it in their hearts to FINALLY do the right thing and remove this piece of (censored)'s seed from the face of the earth!

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14642 Comments

    No let's put this POS to death already!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Thumbs up for the Supreme Court decision.
    Racist system...? My (censored)...!!!
    This scum bag decided to get into a shootout with a PO and killed him. Got nothing to do with race.
    This trash lived long enough. Years he took away from a fellow Officer.
    Screw the Black Panthers and this piece of trash. Screw anyone belonging to a violent racial group. Screw the activists and Europe.
    Let him the needle.
    Have a nice trip to hell Abu-Jamal, and rot in there forever.

  • Mourning_badge_max160_1__max50

    rlague

    over 4 years ago

    1210 Comments

    well its nice to see that our supreme court stil does have a brain, well done

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50

    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    This was a sound decision by the court. This POS is long overdue for his date to meet his maker and take a dirtnap.

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