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United States Supreme Court Rejects Appeal from Philadelphia DA’s Office Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence is Unconstitutional10/11/11Related Case or Issue:
(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.
Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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The New York Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the lawsuit to overturn a law passed by the 2010 Democratic legislative majority that would count prison inmates in the communities they are from, instead of in the towns and counties where they’re incarcerated.
The lawsuit was brought by six Senate Republicans–many of whom would be affected by the law–who are claiming, among other things, that the prisoners must be counted where the US Census counts them (in predominately upstate prisons).