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Muslim Cleric Jamil Al-Amin Is Convicted of Murder; Prosecutors Urge Jurors to Sentence The Muslim Spiritual Leader to Death

StoryMarch 12, 2002
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Ekweme Michael Thelwell

professor of black studies at the University of Massachusetts and author of apiece in the Nation magazine called "H Rap Brown/Jamil Al-Amin: A Profoundly American Story." He is a formerStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee field secretary and acquaintance of H Rap Brown for many years.

Ed Brown

brother of Jamil al-Amin, who is at the trial all this week, speaking to us from a cellphoneoutside the courthouse.

A jury has convicted Muslim cleric and former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, of killing one sheriff’s deputy and wounding another in a shootout in Atlanta in March 2000. Jurors deliberated 10 hours over two days before finding Al-Amin guilty of 13 counts, including murder, aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jurors will decide this week whether to sentence the Muslim spiritual leader to death, life with parole, or life in prison.

Al-Amin’s trial was postponed after September 11 because the judge feared anti-Muslim sentiment would taint the jury pool. His lawyers argued he is innocent of the shooting. They say Al-Amin’s fingerprints were not found on the murder weapon, and he was not wounded in the shooting, as one of the deputies said the shooter was. The deputy also said his eyes were gray. They are brown. His lawyers and supporters say it’s a case of mistaken identity, and that the government has been out to get him for several decades.


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