Thursday, March 27, 2008

US court overturns Mumia Abu-Jamal death sentence - BBC NEWS

BBC: US court overturns death sentence

March 28 2008

A US federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence imposed on former Black Panthers member Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The court said Abu-Jamal's conviction for murdering a Philadelphia police officer should stand, but that he should have a new sentencing hearing.

The former radio journalist and activist was sentenced to death for the murder in 1982.

While in jail he became a leading campaigner against the death penalty.

He appealed against the sentence, on the grounds that racism on the part of the judge and the prosecutors had corrupted his conviction, which was by a jury of 10 white and two black people.

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