Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted for killing Philly cop, returns to court for appeal hearing

The most recent push comes after a US Supreme Court decision that could now impact the case.

Kristen Johanson
October 28, 2018 - 10:03 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) -- Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner 37 years ago, are continuing their fight for an appeal Monday. The most recent push comes after a US Supreme Court decision that could now impact the case. 

After an extensive state-wide search, prosecutors say they have handed over all memos and documents which link former Philadelphia District Attorney Ron Castille to Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Officials say none of it proves Castille had prior significant involvement in the case, as defense attorneys say.

Lawyers for Abu-Jamal say the papers show Castille knew about the case and unlawfully ruled on the appeal attempt in the 90s, when Castille was a state Supreme Court Justice.

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court said Castille should have recused himself as a judge in a separate case, because as district attorney he was the one to sign off on that prisoner's death penalty.