I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

Visit me now at Arizona Prison Watch or Survivors of Prison Violence-AZ

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Sentencing Ordered for Mumia!

Good news via Freedom Archives...
only we want him to be freed.


Court grants new sentencing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

WPVI-TV Philadelphia

Associated Press
Updated at 11:02 AM today

PHILADELPHIA - April 26, 2011 (WPVI) -- A U.S. appeals court is awarding death-row activist Mumia Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing in the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer.

Tuesday's ruling is the latest in the former Black Panther's long-running legal saga.

The 58-year-old Mumia's first-degree murder conviction stands in the fatal shooting of Officer Daniel Faulkner.

But the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is upholding its earlier ruling that the death-penalty instructions to the jury were unclear at Mumia's 1982 trial.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year ordered the court to review that decision.

The three-judge panel is standing by its decision after hearing a new round of legal arguments.

Philadelphia DA responds

In a statement released shortly after the ruling was announced, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said his office is thoroughly reviewing the decision.

"We continue to maintain that granting this new sentencing hearing is contrary to clearly established precedent of the United States Supreme Court, and we are now considering whether to seek further review of today's decision in the Supreme Court," Williams is quoted as saying in the statement.

Williams said he would have more to say after his office has had a chance to more thoroughly examine today's decision.

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