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  • The Root: New Sentencing for Mumia Abu-Jamal?

    10/12/11

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Philadelphia district attorney's office in the racially charged case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, bringing an end to nearly 30 years of litigation over the fairness of the sentencing hearing that resulted in his death sentence for the 1981 shooting of a police officer, the Washington Post reports.

    While his case has been famous among anti-death penalty activists and social-justice advocates for decades, this new development is no doubt even more poignant for many in light of the recent execution of Troy Davis.

  • United States Supreme Court Rejects Appeal from Philadelphia DA’s Office Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence is Unconstitutional

    10/11/11

    (New York, NY) --     Today the United States Supreme Court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to overturn the most recent federal appeals court decision declaring Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence unconstitutional.  The Court’s decision brings to an end nearly thirty years of litigation over the fairness of the sentencing hearing that resulted in Mr. Abu-Jamal’s being condemned to death.  Mr.

  • CNN: High court ruling means execution unlikely in 1981 cop-killing

    10/11/11

    Philadelphia (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to get a new sentencing hearing for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer 30 years ago.

    The high court rejected a request from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office to overturn the federal appeals court decision declaring the death sentence unconstitutional for Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who was convicted in 1982 of gunning down a Philadelphia police officer.

  • Remembering Derrick Bell

    10/10/11

    Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

    You would always get straight talk from professor Derrick Bell.

  • In Memoriam: Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth

    10/06/11

    Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth