Mumia Abu Jamal Gets New Hearing
by R. Asmerom
Mumia Abu-Jamal, the activist, convicted cop killer and present day martyr has just celebrated his 58th birthday and along with it, news that the U.S. Court of Appeals has ordered a new sentence hearing for him. A federal appeals court on Tuesday found for a second time that the “death-penalty instructions given to members of his jury at his 1982 trial were potentially misleading.”
Mumia has spent nearly 30 years behind bars but as it stands, the widow of the slain police officer Daniel Faulkner, who Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing, will seek to challenge the recent ruling. Faulkner was 25 when he died. A scuffle ensued between Abu-Jamal, his brother, and Faulkner with Abu-Jamal’s gun being found at the scene of the crime.
Supporters of Abu-Jamal hope that this ruling is just the tip of the iceberg. Abu-Jamal’s former attorney Robert Bryan told FOX news that this recent decision may lead to a new trial. “You have a new district attorney, and I just wonder whether or not he will have the courage to bite the bullet, do the right thing and drop the death penalty,” he said. “And, you know, he can do that without a trial. He can just say, ‘Well, we’re not going to pursue this any further. This is the end.”