April 26, 2011 Mumia has been granted a new hearing as to whether he should be sentenced to life or death. The brief Robert R. Bryan submitted on his behalf last summer to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Philadelphia, established that the trial judge unfairly instructed the jury. Thus the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution required reversal of the death penalty.
Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on death row for decades, but now the US court system will award him with a new sentence hearing. Is he being given a second chance? Former lead council for Abu-Jamal, Robert R Bryan, talks about how the black and poor are often poorly represented in American courts as he discusses the cases of his former client and Troy Davis, another death row inmate many believe to be wrongfully accused.
The case of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn Tuesday when the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared his death sentence unconstitutional. It is the second time the court has agreed with a lower court judge who set aside Abu-Jamal’s death sentence after finding jurors were given confusing instructions that encouraged them to choose death rather than a life sentence. Now Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and journalist, could get a new sentencing hearing in court. We speak with his co-counsel, Judith Ritter, and Linn Washington, an award-winning journalist who has followed Abu-Jamal’s case for almost three decades. [includes rush transcript]
I will call it justice if they let him out, due to the amount of time he has been in prison. A life sentence in many states, including PA. I will call it justice when he gets out and the community is there to help him to make that transition to civilian life. Can anyone imagine how much the world/technology has changed since he went down?? A new hearing?? A better chance?? We shall see, I believe this is the 3rd time. But to me, it just shows how unjust this system is.