Mumia One Step Closer to Death Penalty

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KYW 1060 reports that while the fight could still go on a long time, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has put Mumia Abu-Jamal one step closer to execution on his conviction of killing a Philly cop: "A federal appeals court had ordered a new sentencing hearing on grounds that the 1982 jury instructions on the penalty were flawed. But the prosecution appealed. Hugh Burns, chief of the Philadelphia district attorney's appeals unit, explains what happened on Tuesday: 'The US Supreme Court ordered the Third Circuit to take a second look at the state's appeal. If successful, the Commonwealth's appeal will overturn the order granting the defendant a new penalty hearing and it would reinstate the death sentence.' So, the case will now go back to the Third Curcuit Court of Appeals for further review."

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