Friday, March 28, 2008

Court orders new death-penalty hearing for Abu-Jamal; murder conviction stands

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A federal appeals court has ruled that black activist Mumia Abu-Jamal cannot be executed for murdering a Philadelphia police officer in 1981 without a new sentencing hearing. The judges concluded that jury instructions were flawed.

If the district attorney rejects another death-penalty hearing before a jury, Abu-Jamal must be sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors said they are weighing their options.


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