Reporters Without Borders is asking for a new sentencing hearing in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case

first_img Organisation Abu-Jamal, journalist, president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and a onetime Black Panther activist, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia on 9 December, 1981. As a reporter, Abu Jamal became known as “the Voice of the Voiceless”. At the time of his conviction, he was working for WDAS, an African-American radio station.In 2008, a federal appeals court ruled in Abu-Jamal’s favor saying that the jury instructions given at his trial back in 1982 were flawed. The decision nullified Abu-Jamal’s death sentence and granted him a new sentencing hearing.However, the Supreme Court this year upheld a death sentence in an Ohio case (http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-spisak-goes-to-supreme-court-txt,0,6413767….) with similar jury issues, and ordered the Philadelphia court to revisit Abu-Jamal’s ruling. According to Judith Ritter, who argued the case on November 9th “ The two cases are very different”. She also told the panel of three judges regarding the death sentence: “I don’t see how this case is related to my client.” Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organization, strongly support the international petition submitted by defenders of journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has already spent half of his life on death row.More information and background on Abu-Jamal’s Case November 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders is asking for a new sentencing hearing in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case News News Reporters Without Borders is asking the Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia to consider granting journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal a new penalty case in the wake of yesterday’s review by the court, on instructions from the Supreme Court. The Court heard arguments on a legal technicality in the death sentence imposed on Mumia in 1982 for the murder of a police officer in Philadelphia. “The step taken by the federal court was already encouraging. We now ask the judges to consider a new sentencing hearing and to respect the rule of law in the ‘world’s leading democracy’”, the organization said.“The world is watching. We are still convinced that Mumia Abu-Jamal did not have a fair trial” Abu-Jamal’s lawyer Judith Ritter, was pleased with the outcome of the hearing “The law is very strongly on our side,” Ritter said. Lydia Barashango, Abu-Jamal’s sister, who also attended the hearing, told Reporters Without Borders, “I am not impressed. But it can make a big difference if they rule right. It can mean life for Mumia. I hope it does not come out that he will live in prison for life, but he will live.” News United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more News Website link to the petition (available in six languages): http://mumialegal.org/node/72 Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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