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Supreme Court Declines To Reinstate Death Penalty For Mumia Abu-Jamal

While the outcome of the Troy Davis case still lingers in many of our hearts and minds, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s similar incident has resulted in a different decision.

The Supreme Court denied the city of Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s petition to reinstate the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted of killing police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982.

Abu-Jamal has spent almost 30 years on Death Row but U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. ruled in 2001 that he deserved a new sentence because the jury was misinformed about the law.

So procedural errors saved Jamal for now, but in Troy’s case, witness tampering led to his execution.