Timeline of Mumia Abu-Jamal's murder case

Convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia's City Hall after a hearing July 12, 1995. (AP Photo)
April 26, 2011 12:06:16 PM PDT
A timeline of the death-penalty case that began two decades ago with the shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer.

1982 - Former Black Panther and radio reporter Abu-Jamal is convicted of the Dec. 9, 1981, slaying of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death.

1989 - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirms Abu-Jamal's conviction and sentence.

1995 - Abu-Jamal loses bid for new trial. Abu-Jamal's book, "Live From Death Row," helps attract supporters around the world.

1998 - The state Supreme Court rejects latest defense appeal.

1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court declines to review his appeal.

2000 - Amnesty International calls for a new trial. Some 6,000 people cram Madison Square Garden in Manhattan to show their support for Abu-Jamal, while off-duty New York police hold a counter rally. Supporters press their case at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

2001 - U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. refuses to overturn conviction, but awards new sentencing hearing based on flawed jury instructions.

2008 - 3rd U.S. Circuit upholds Yohn's ruling.

2010 - U.S. Supreme Court orders 3rd Circuit to review its order for a new sentencing hearing.

April 26, 2011 - 3rd U.S. Circuit again grants new death-sentence hearing.


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