January 19, 2010

EVEN THE PRECEDENT REFLECTS A SORT OF COSMIC JUSTICE:

Supreme Court setback for Mumia Abu-Jamal (Associated Press, January 19, 2010)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a ruling that had set aside the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in the 1980s in a racially tinged case that has made the former Black Panther an international cause celebre.

The justices ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to revisit its 2008 ruling that Abu-Jamal deserved a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions. The Supreme Court pointed to its ruling in an Ohio case last week, when it said a neo-Nazi killer did not deserve a new sentencing hearing on those grounds.

Prosecutors called the Ohio case directly on point.

"The order pretty much says it all," Philadelphia Assistant Dist. Atty. Hugh J. Burns Jr. said. "I don't see how you can possibly distinguish them."


Like comparing apples to apples.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2010 7:50 PM
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