Mumia Abu-Jamal Can Appeal Murder Charge, Philly Judge Says

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Former Black Panther and radio reporter Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for the murder of a police officer, but can now proceed with an appeal hearing. On April 17, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner dropped his challenge to the judge’s ruling that Abu-Jamal could pursue an appeal of his case.

A Philadelphia judge allowed 64-year-old Abu-Jamal to renew his initial appeal after the Supreme Court ruled that former Chief Justice Robert Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should have recused himself from the appeal of a death-row inmate, identified as Terrance Williams, whose sentencing he had overseen. Abu-Jamal pushed to appeal his own sentencing, arguing that Castille should have recused himself after serving as a prosecutor in his murder case.

Abu-Jamal was found guilty of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, 25, on December 1981. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death in 1982, but…

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