Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Back in Court Today

Appeals court set to hear arguments on the sentence of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010  |  Updated 6:47 PM EDT
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A federal appeals court is deciding if convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal should get a new sentencing hearing.  Hundreds protested outside.

NBC Philadelphia - Monique Braxton

A federal appeals court is deciding if convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal should get a new sentencing hearing. Hundreds protested outside.

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A federal appeals court is set to hear the latest arguments concerning the sentence of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over jury instructions given during Abu-Jamal's 1982 trial. Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing 25-year-old Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner and was sentenced to death.

The court had ordered a new sentencing hearing for Abu-Jamal, but the U.S. Supreme Court this year ordered the court to reconsider.

Abu-Jamal has become an international cause celebre among death penalty opponents and an array of other activists.

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