US court sets Nov. hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Nov. 9 hearing could prove to be a setback


By Maryclaire Dale
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia, on orders from the Supreme Court, will again review the death sentence of famed death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The Nov. 9 hearing could prove to be a setback for Abu-Jamal. The ex-radio journalist was convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer, a case that has made him an international cause celebre.

The Philadelphia appeals court had granted Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing based on what they called flawed jury instructions. But the Supreme Court this year upheld a death sentence in an Ohio case with similar jury issues — and ordered the court to revisit its Abu-Jamal ruling.

Defense lawyer Robert Bryan does not believe the Ohio case seals Abu-Jamal's fate. He says they involve different facts.

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