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Ex-Black Panther gets new appeals hearing for 1981 cop-killing


Added 04-18-19 02:18:02am EST - “Former Black Panther and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a new appeals hearing after a Philadelphia prosecutor dropped his opposition to it on Wednesday. In December, a Philadelphia j?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Ex-Black Panther gets new appeals hearing for 1981 cop-killing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Black Panther and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a new appeals hearing after a Philadelphia prosecutor dropped his opposition to it on Wednesday.

In December, a Philadelphia judge granted Abu-Jamal the right to re-argue his appeal when it was revealed that the justice who initially heard it had overseen his prosecution as district attorney.

The current Philadelphia district attorney, Larry Krasner, initially fought the decision, arguing that it could affect a number of convictions in the city. Krasner dropped his opposition on Wednesday.

Abu-Jamal served decades on death row for the 1981 slaying of Daniel Faulkner, a 25-year-old Philadelphia cop. During a traffic stop, he shot Faulkner in the back and the face.

Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment in 2011 over flawed jury instructions. During his time on death row, however, he became a liberal cause celebre for his activism. He published a book, “Live from Death Row,” while in jail in 1996 and gained fame over allegations of racial bias in his case.

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