Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook on April 24, 1954) is an American who was convicted and sentenced to death for the December 9, 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.[1] He has been described as "perhaps the best known Death-Row prisoner in the world", and his sentence is one of the most debated today.[2] Before his arrest, he was an activist, radio journalist, and part-time cab driver. He was a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970.

Since his conviction, his case has received international attention, and he has become a controversial cultural icon. Supporters and opponents disagree on the appropriateness of the death penalty, whether he is guilty, or whether he received a fair trial.[3][4][5] During his imprisonment he has published several books and other commentaries, notably Live from Death Row (1995).

Since 1995, Abu-Jamal, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections #AM8335, has been incarcerated at Pennsylvania's SCI Greene,[6] where most of the state's capital case inmates are held.[7] In 2008, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the murder conviction, but ordered a new capital sentencing hearing over concerns that the jury was improperly instructed.[8] Subsequently, the United States Supreme Court allowed his July 1982 conviction to stand,[8] and ordered the appeals court to reconsider its decision to rescind the death sentence.[9]


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