The State of Pennsylvania has been ordered to hold a new sentencing hearing within 180days. In that hearing the jury's decision will be limited to a finding of either life imprisonment, or execution by lethal injection. If prosecutors don’t want to give him a new death penalty hearing, Abu-Jamal would be sentenced automatically to life in prison.
Jamal’s attorneys will appeal the Third Circuit's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mumia's lead attorney, Robert R. Bryan, said he was glad the court did not uphold the death sentence, and said he wants a new trial.
“I’ve never seen a case as permeated and riddled with racism as this one,” Bryan told the Associated Press Thursday. “I want a new trial and I want him free. His conviction was a travesty of justice.”
The following announcement is from the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC).
New Trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal is Denied; Protests on Friday
URGENT NEWS UPDATE: THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HAS RULED AGAINST A NEW TRIAL FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL. THEY HAVE CALLED FOR A SENTENCING HEARING WHICH CAN RESULT IN EITHER AN EXECUTION OR LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.
DAY AFTER PLANS ARE IN EFFECT
WE WILL BE PROTESTING THIS DEVASTATING DECISION IMMEDIATLY!
TOMORROW (FRIDAY) 3/28
NEW YORK CITY
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL STATE OFFICE BUILDING
(125th STREET AND ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR BLVD)
AT 7:15PM THERE WILL BE AN ORGANIZING MEETING AT SAINT MARY'S CHURCH ON 126 STREET BETWEEN OLD BROADWAY AND AMSTERDAM
THERE WILL BE A MASSIVE PROTEST IN PHILADELPHIA ON APRIL 26
MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED PROMPTLY!
SPREAD FAR AND WIDE!
MOBILIZE NOW FOR MUMIA'S LIFE!
FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!