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PA Judge: Mumia Abu-Jamal Can Reargue Appeal in 1981 Police Killing Case

HeadlineDec 28, 2018

On Thursday, a Philadelphia judge ruled that imprisoned former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal can reargue his appeal in his case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The judge cited then-Chief Justice Ronald Castille’s failure to excuse himself from the case due to his prior role as Philadelphia district attorney when Abu-Jamal was appealing his case. Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner but has always maintained his innocence. Abu-Jamal’s lawyers argued that statements Castille made about people accused of killing police officers indicated he should have recused himself. In 2011, Abu-Jamal was sentenced to life without parole. We’ll have more on this story after headlines with one of the coordinators of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, Johanna Fernandez.

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