Monday, April 6, 2009

Mumia Deflation

The Supreme Court has declined the latest appeal from Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer, Daniel Faulkner, during a routine traffic stop in Philadelphia in 1981. A unanimous jury convicted him and many appeals have been rebuffed by unanimous courts.

Abu-Jamal maintains his innocence and it turns out the processes used to convict him were imperfect, so he has become a cause-celebre among death-penalty opponents worlwide. I don't have a specific opinion about Abu-Jamal but have met many people over the years with the barest understanding of the case who nonetheless will argue that he should be freed, which kinda scares me.

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