Abu-Jamal loses bid for new hearing

February 19, 2008 2:05:33 PM PST
Pennsylvania's highest appeals court is rejecting a request by convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal for a hearing into his claims that witnesses in his case perjured themselves.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a unanimous ruling saying the former Black Panther and radio reporter waited too long to file a post-conviction appeal in the matter.

Abu-Jamal is on Pennsylvania's death row for shooting to death Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

His case has attracted international notoriety. A separate appeal in the case, regarding claims of racial bias and faulty jury instructions, is pending before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.