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Pa. Supreme Court rejects Mumia Abu-Jamal's last appeal

Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Mumia Abu Jamal

Convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia's City Hall after a hearing July 12, 1995. (AP Photo)

Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his last legal appeal.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a challenge regarding forensic evidence in his racially charged case.

The onetime Black Panther was found guilty in 1982 of fatally shooting white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row while pursuing numerous legal appeals. On March 26, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court's denial of the forensics claim.

Abu-Jamal's attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney's office declined to comment.

One of Abu-Jamal's appeals led a judge to order a new sentencing hearing. Instead, prosecutors in December agreed to allow him to serve a life sentence.

 

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