Court Rules Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence is Unconstitutional, Grants New Sentencing Hearing

Posted: April 30, 2011 by Josh in Activism, Politics
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The case of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn Tuesday when the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared his death sentence unconstitutional. It is the second time the court has agreed with a lower court judge who set aside Abu-Jamal’s death sentence after finding jurors were given confusing instructions that encouraged them to choose death rather than a life sentence. Now Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and journalist, could get a new sentencing hearing in court. We speak with his co-counsel, Judith Ritter, and Linn Washington, an award-winning journalist who has followed Abu-Jamal’s case for almost three decades.  –Democracy Now

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  1. By Amy Goodman The death-penalty case of Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn this week as a federal appeals court declared for the second time that Abu-Jamals death sentence was unconstitutional. While the disputes surrounding Abu-Jamals guilt or innocence were not addressed the case highlights inherent problems with the death penalty and the criminal-justice system especially the role played by race.

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