PA Supreme Court Denies Mumia Abu-Jamal petition (26 March 2012)

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On Monday, March 26, 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal of his capital murder conviction.

With a one-page Order, the Supreme Court agreed with a lower court decision denying, without a hearing, Mr. Abu-Jamal’s claim that a 2009 report by the National Academy of Science — exposing serious flaws in forensic evidence routinely introduced in criminal trials — demonstrated that the forensic evidence relied upon by the Philadelphia County District Attorney’s Office in its 1982 prosecution of Mr. Abu-Jamal was unreliable.

Because the forensic evidence that was presented at Mumia’s trial was untrustworthy and because reliable and potentially exculpatory forensic evidence was never secured or presented by the state, the accuracy of the jury’s first degree murder conviction is seriously undermined.

Although this decision concludes all of Mr. Abu-Jamal’s pending appeals, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and Prof. Judy Ritter are actively researching and investigating all options for future legal challenges to Mr. Abu-Jamal’s conviction.


NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Christina Swarns
Director, Criminal Justice Project

PA Supreme Court Decision (PDF)

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PA Supreme Court decision (26 March 2012)

Commonwealth v. Abu-Jamal, M., Aplt., No. 602 CAP
Opinion By: per curiam
Posted By: E.D. Prothonotary
Date Rendered: 3/26/2012
Date Posted: 3/26/2012
Opinion Type: Per Curiam Order

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PA Supreme Court Decision (PDF)