Convicted Police Officer Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Fight for New Appeal Put on Hold

Mumia Abu-Jamal's lawyer claims there was bias in the courtroom as the convicted police officer killer asks the court to review his case again.

(Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018)

Arguments in a request by former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to have his previous appeals vacated have been postponed.

The district attorney's office turned over a document Monday that the defense says could show State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille was personally involved in the case. The judge Thursday ordered the parties to continue searching for additional documents before he hears arguments in October.

Lawyers for the former Black Panther, who spent 29 years on death row following his conviction in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner, are petitioning to throw out the previous appeals to file a new appeal.

The defense has said Castille should have recused himself. When Castille was Philadelphia district attorney, his office succeeded in getting the state Supreme Court to uphold Abu-Jamal's conviction.

Chants to free Mumia Abu Jamal echoed on the streets of Center City in Philadelphia Monday. Abu Jamal is serving a life sentence for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. The former Black Panther has become a symbol for groups seeking criminal justice reform. Abu Jamal's case brought his supporters to town as he makes a new bid for freedom.

(Published Monday, April 30, 2018)