Supreme Court Declines To Reinstate Death Penalty For Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Philadelphia District Attorney's petition to reinstate the death penalty for Mumia falls short.

Though the outcome for Troy Davis was a tragic one, death penalty detractors saw a victory this week when the United States Supreme Court denied the Philadelphia District Attorney's petition to reinstate the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The Associated Press reports that Philadelphia prosecutors will have to pursue a second death penalty sentence for Mumia, who was convicted of killing police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1982.

The Court found that the death penalty instructions were potentially misleading.

"At long last, the profoundly troubling prospect of Mr. Abu-Jamal facing an execution that was produced by an unfair and unreliable penalty phase has been eliminated," said John Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. "Our system should never condone an execution that stems from a trial in which the jury was improperly instructed on the law."

The decision upholds a 2001 ruling by U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr., first ruled that Abu-Jamal deserved a new sentencing hearing due to of flawed jury instructions regarding aggravating and mitigating factors.

Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther, has spent almost 30 years on Death Row.

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15 Comments

  • deadboy90

    ok Troy Davis (a man that was likely innocent) gets executed but THIS motherfucker gets to live? what kinda bullshit is this fuck this bitch ass murdering nigga i hope he gets stabbed tommarow

    • Anonymous

      Yea dude was innocent..just shot another dude in the face and beat another with a gun. I swear yall commentors are fucking clowns. Yall either have 0 fact on the shit or say the dumbest ignorant shit defendin murderers cus they black. If that cop was ur brother dad uncle friend neighbor whatever ud be sayin complete opposite shit.

  • Anonymous

    Good. Too many fucking cops running around doing heinous shit with NO repercussions.

  • BELLY OF DA BEAST SAYS

    THIS NIGGA GONNA GET FRIED IN JAIL!! IF YOU A BLACK PANTHER FROM THE OLD DAYS YOUR GOING TO JAIL!! IF YOUR EVEN PROMOTING BLACK PANTHER BEER HATS YOUR STILL GOING TO JAIL!! IF YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM A COP RAPING YOU THEN YOUR STILL GOING TO JAIL!! ALL OF THE GOVERNMENT IS CONTROLLED BY CROOKED CRACKERS AND ILLUMINATI!! THEY ARE GOING TO BRING BACK SLAVERY AND MAKE IT LEGAL WATCH!!

    • Anonymous

      Sad but true u a fucking retard. U do realize u can do everything in ur entire life without a corporate chain right? U dont have to eat at mcdonalds u can go to a real diner and get a real burger..oh yea mom and pop shops are in it to. Fuckin bitches man for real if this countries so fucking bad go live in the fucking rainforest. Realllllly sad how everyone on here defends fuckin murderers..i dont give a fuck if u black white muslim asian latino or a mix of every god damn race on earth u kill someone u deserve to die PERIOD. I say this with initials on my wrist maybe wait til u know someone murdered or a murderer before u talk about real shit ur school boy ass dont know a god damn thing about.

    • pootietang

      The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: " Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." [2] Before the abolition of slavery there was no real prison system in the United States. Punishment for crime consisted of physical torture referred to as corporal or capital punishment. The first penitentiaries were designed in England and France in response to growing criticism of the extreme use of public violence as the only means of deterring crime. In Their Sisters' Keepers, Estelle Freedman explains that the basis of the penitentiary was that the detention itself was the punishment, and the "penitentiary ideal consisted of extreme isolation of criminals from society, extensive supervision over their daily lives, and compulsory productive labor." [3]

    • Prophet777

      Slavery is back! In fact it was NEVER ABOLISHED! In 1865 the 13th Admendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished SLAVERY.... "EXCEPT IN PRISON!"......(Google it for proof!) "At the current rate of incarceration by 2010 the MAJORITY of all African-American men between the ages of 18-40 will be in prison...The STATE as CAPTOR and their LABOR on the AUCTION BLOCK!" - Howard Zinn, 2001

    • SAD BUT TRUE...

      they can't bring back slavery?? WE ARE LIVING IN SLAVERY!! WHAT THE FUCK YOU TALKING ABOUT?? yOU A SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT SMH WAKE UP!! UNLESS YOUR ASSOCIATED WITH CERTAIN "GROUPS OF PEOPLE", YOU ARE A SLAVE TO THEM. YOU BUY THEIR PRODUCTS, YOU EAT THEIR FOOD, YOU DO AS YOUR TOLD. SORRY TO BREAK IT TO YOU BRAH, WE ARE NOT LIVING IN THE DAYS OF BLATENT SLAVERY, IN THIS TYPE OF SLAVERY YOU ARE WILLING TO BE THE SLAVE. LOOK UP "JIM CROW"... I HOPE YOU AIN'T BLACK OR LATINO SAYING THAT MESS HOMIE, OPEN YOUR EYES SON!!

    • @lias

      nah they can't bring back slavery. if nothing else, people are way more informed nowadays and connected globally. too man interracial babies around america and the world for it too happen. would be the end of america, beginning of massive bloodshed, and the end of an empire. lastly who would enforce the rules, the soldiers, yeah righ, it means their own family members would fall victims to their sons and daughters guns. it would divide the military.

  • MasonKilla

    This is a real american "Justice". real face of rasi,nazi,..,.. They do this in whole world: in Lybia(currently),Yugoslavia(Now Serbia),..,.. All afro-americans must open eyes and stop NAZI-RASI-Globalist in USA.

  • Anonymous

    There still gonna take the case to court again tho, wouldnt celebrate just yet, the system dont go down without a fight

    • Anonymous

      Lmfaoi love how to a black person every white dude on earth hates black people and is apart of some secret shit to putthem down get the fuck out of here.

    • yungstallion24

      ^^^^ Nobody is defending a muderer! He didnt do it....they had a kangaroo kourt! All white juries and BLACK PANTHERS....ummmmm lets see if they were going to be fair and try him innocent until proven guilty...fuck you crackas tawkin that shit without lookin into the cases....

    • Anonymous

      I really csnt believe that yall defend a murderer cus of his race..fucking stuuuuuuuupid.

    • yes

      and a strong fight they will get until the are beat.

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