PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest appeal filed by Mumia Abu-Jamal and a related suit brought by the widow of the Philadelphia police officer he's convicted of killing will now go before Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.
The trial evidence was stark and brutal. In the early-morning hours of December 9, 1981, Police Officer Daniel Faulkner conducted a traffic stop in Center City Philadelphia. A scuffle ensued with the driver, one William Cook.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running in a hotly-contested House race, is out with a misleading TV ad tying his Democratic opponent to a notorious Philadelphia cop-killer.
Protesters chanted and marched in Center City on Monday in support of former Black Panther and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal as he seeks to re-appeal his conviction.
Inside the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia that morning, a hearing was held before Judge Leon Tucker regarding Abu-Jamal’s petition seeking to toss out his previous appeals so he can re-appeal his case.
A status report conference is scheduled Tuesday morning for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1982 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
Abu-Jamal, an activist, former member of the Black Panther Party and former president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, was convicted of shooting Faulkner during a traffic stop.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has requested more time to review a petition and produce documentation brought by a man serving a life sentence for the murder of a city police officer.
In a status hearing on Monday, Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker granted District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office an additional 60 days to comply with the petition requests of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was found guilty of killing police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982.