PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It is likely one of the highest profile instances ever heard within the metropolis of Philadelphia as Mumia Abu-Jamal had a courtroom listening to Monday in hopes to overturn appeals that have been beforehand denied.
Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for the homicide of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
Demonstrators have been outdoors the Felony Justice Middle and contained in the courtroom all morning because the listening to has wrapped up.
The listening to is a brand new publish-conviction aid act petition, which is actually an oblique attraction of his 1982 homicide conviction. All of Abu-Jamal’s appeals have been exhausted.
Demonstrators are hoping the listening to will end in a courtroom overturning all of that state Supreme Courtroom selections from 1995 by means of 2008.
“That is the primary time that one in every of his appeals his truly being heard in a correct sense,” stated demonstrator Zayid Muhammad.
The submit-conviction aid act petition cites bias and battle of curiosity.
The decide who denied Abu-Jamal’s appeals was the senior assistant district lawyer throughout his trial.
Demonstrators are hoping the courtroom guidelines in Abu-Jamal’s favor so his case might ultimately be retried.
“Our long run objective is for him to be launched and introduced again to his household,” stated Muhammad.
It’s unclear if a choice from the courtroom will come down in the present day, or if the courtroom will take a while on deciding.