Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cop Killer Gets a Reprieve

PHILADELPHIA - A federal appeals court has ordered a new penalty hearing for celebrity death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL').

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Abu-Jamal's conviction for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer should stand. But it says he should get a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions.

If prosecutors don't want to give him a new death penalty hearing, Abu-Jamal would be sentenced automatically to life in prison.

A Philadelphia jury convicted Abu-Jamal of killing Officer Daniel Faulkner after the patrolman pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother in an overnight traffic stop 27 years ago.
This guy has been living on death row for 27 years! What, are they hoping he dies of old age. Three hots and a cot at the taxpayers expense for all of this time. I wonder how much taxpayer money the victims family got?

Officer Faulkner didn't get to appeal to anybody.

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