Mumia denied new trial


The Associated Press Reports

Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his bid for a new trial in the killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

The U. S. Supreme Court says in an order today it will not take up Abu-Jamal’s claims that prosecutors
improperly excluded blacks from the jury that convicted him of murdering Faulkner.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld Abu-Jamal’s conviction but held his death
sentence invalid. The appeals court said it would not second-guess state court rulings rejecting Abu-Jamal’s
claims of bias in the composition of the jury.

The high court considered only the conviction. The state has separately asked the court to reinstate the
death sentence, but the justices have not acted on that request.

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