You did it. Your voices were heard. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Philadelphia DA’s demand that it sentence Mumia Abu-Jamal to death.
For literally ten years the Philadelphia DA’s office has been trying to get the courts to re impose a death sentence, after district judge William Yohn threw out his sentence in December 2001.
Now, within 180 days Philadelphia DA Seth Williams must either retry the sentencing phase of the case, (hold a public jury trial where only a sentence of life or death is considered) or the DA could elect to not hold a sentencing hearing and by default Mumia would get a life sentence.
Mumia’s first degree murder conviction has not been overturned, and he is still seeking relief on his criminal conviction.
It is important to remember that law enforcement must be held accountable. Every action you take in defense of Mumia and his quest for freedom makes a difference. Take a moment to stand with Prison Radio as we continue to seek justice and freedom,
Noelle Hanrahan / Prison Radio
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has rejected a request from Philadelphia prosecutors who want to re-impose a death sentence on former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a white Philadelphia police officer 30 years ago.
The justices on Tuesday refused to get involved in the racially charged case. A federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Abu-Jamal after finding that the death-penalty instructions given to the jury at Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial were potentially misleading.
Courts have upheld Abu-Jamal’s conviction for killing Officer Daniel Faulkner over objections that African-Americans were improperly excluded from the jury.
The federal appeals court in Philadelphia said prosecutors could agree to a life sentence for Abu-Jamal or try again to sentence him to death.
This is great news and we will update with more information as we receive it.