Abu-Jamal Loses Final Appeal, Stays in Prison

Pa. Supreme Court rejects Abu-Jamal's last appeal

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    Mumia Abu-Jamal wil serve life in prison for the shooting death of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

    Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has lost his last legal appeal.

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a challenge regarding forensic evidence in his racially-charged case.

    Death Penalty Nixed for Mumbia Abu-Jamal

    [PHI] Death Penalty Nixed for Mumbia Abu-Jamal
    The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has decided not to seek the death penalty for convicted cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011)

    The onetime Black Panther was found guilty in 1982 of fatally shooting white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

    Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row while pursuing numerous legal appeals. On March 26, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower court's denial of the forensics claim.

    Cops Remember Officer Faulkner 30 Years Later

    [PHI] Cops Remember Officer Faulkner 30 Years Later
    Thirty years later, Philadelphia Police hold a moment of silence at the moment that Mumia Abu-Jamal shot and killed Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. 9, 1981. Just this week Abu-Jamal was taken off death row and sentenced to life in prison instead. (Published Friday, Dec. 9, 2011)

    Abu-Jamal's attorney didn't immediately return a request for comment on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney's office declined to comment.

    One of Abu-Jamal's appeals led a judge to order a new sentencing hearing. Instead, prosecutors in December agreed to allow him to serve a life sentence.