Judge holding evidence 'under advisement' to defer Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal decision

Kristen Johanson
December 03, 2018 - 12:02 pm
Former Black Panther and convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, seen in this undated file photo, will be spared the death penalty, the Philadelphia district attorney announced on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, bringing a quiet end to a racially charged case

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A city judge is set to rule on whether Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man convicted of murdering Officer Danny Faulkner 37 years ago, should get another attempt at an appeal, after a brief hearing earlier Monday morning. 

The judge told the courtroom, packed with supporters from both sides, that he will hold all evidence and documents pertaining to the case “under advisement” and will make a decision at a later date, likely in a court filing.

Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, flew in from California for the hearing, which lasted about five minutes.

"I think that Judge Tucker wanted to make it formal, and so I decided to fly in. I think it’s perfectly fine, because now it’s on the record, and no one is able to say they did not understand or there was a misunderstanding," Faulkner said Monday.

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Outside Mumia Abu-Jamal supporters rallied, saying they will continue to fight for the 64-year-old.

The latest appeal attempt stems from a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which ruled that former state Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille improperly ruled on another death penalty appeal, because he had significant prior involvement in that case.

The defense has made the same argument for Abu-Jamal, and want another chance at a post-conviction appeal.

Next Sunday will mark 37 years since Faulkner was shot and killed while making a traffic stop in Center City.