Monday, April 6, 2009
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.
Posted by Mileage at 11:06 PM