Mumia Abu Jamal case: Philadelphia judge expected to decide on new trial

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A judge in Philadelphia is expected to decide Friday whether Mumia Abu Jamal gets a new trial.

The ex-Black Panther and local journalist has been in prison for decades. He was convicted in the 1981 shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

A 2018 discovery is at the heart of its appeal.

Abu Jamal’s legal team says six boxes found at the Philadelphia County Attorney’s Office contained “highly significant evidence” which they claim proves his trial was tainted.

They say prosecutors never shared the evidence with the defense.

Abu Jamal is serving a life sentence without parole.


His supporters claim he was framed and say there is enough evidence to release him.

However, multiple appeals to overturn his conviction have been unsuccessful.

His death penalty was overturned by a federal court, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment again in 2011.

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