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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal fight in judge’s hands | The Philadelphia Tribune After two years of court dates, a Philadelphia judge will now decide whether Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, will get another chance to appeal his 1982 conviction.

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You’ll hear from me shortly,” Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker said Monday during a brief hearing, scheduled to give Abu-Jamal’s lawyers time to present additional evidence before a ruling on the high-profile, emotionally charged case.

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There wasn’t any new evidence, so Tucker is teed up to make a decision he has publicly called “difficult” based on the record he has had before him for a couple of months. It’s unclear when he will make his ruling.

Abu-Jamal’s odds hinge on how Tucker interprets the actions of former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille who also served as Philadelphia District Attorney earlier in his career.


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