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Legal News
10 Nov 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Mumia Abu-Jamal [JURIST news archive] and supporters filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] Monday challenging a recently passed Pennsylvania law [complaint, PDF] that they claim stifles free speech. The law, an amendment to the Crime Victims Act [text, PDF] titled "Revictimization relief," states that victims of personal injury crimes can … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] has rejected [order, PDF] the final appeal by Mumia Abu-Jamal [Philadelphia Inquirer backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a former member of the Black Panthers who was convicted of killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. The ruling affirmed an order from the Pennsylvania … [read more]


Legal News
7 Dec 2011
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams [official website] announced Wednesday that his office will no longer seek the death penalty [press release] against Mumia Abu-Jamal [Philadelphia Inquirer backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. As a result of the decision, Abu-Jamal will remain in prison for life ending a 30-year sentencing battle after … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Blueford v. Arkansas [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court will decide whether the Double Jeopardy [Cornell LII backgrounder] clause prevents the re-prosecution of a greater offense after the jury announces voting for … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2011
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Tuesday ordered [opinion, PDF] a new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal [Philadelphia Inquirer backgrounder], a former member of the Black Panthers who was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a police officer in Philadelphia in 1981. … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday issued two per curiam opinions [order list, PDF], remanded the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal [JURIST news archive], and denied a preliminary injunction to Michigan in a dispute over Asian carp. The Court granted certiorari in Beard v. Abu-Jamal … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] denied certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal v. Beard [docket]. The Court offered no explanation for their refusal to hear the appeal of journalist and former Black Panther member Mumia Abu-Jamal [advocacy website, Philadelphia Inquirer … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal [advocacy website; Philadelphia Inquirer archive], convicted in 1982 of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner [advocacy website] after a traffic stop, may escape the death penalty after the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday issued an opinion [PDF … [read more]


Legal News
12 Dec 2005
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] AP is reporting that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has refused to grant clemency to Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website; clemency petition, PDF], set to be executed just after midnight tonight. In denying clemency, Schwarzenegger wrote: Williams claims that he is particularly deserving of … [read more]

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