Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, used the 39th anniversary of his arrest to call for his release from prison on Wednesday, saying he was innocent.
The group, many of them MOVE members, gathered at the corner of 52nd and Larchwood Streets to demand freedom for Abu-Jamal, 66, a MOVE supporter who lived under a death sentence for two decades before his sentence was overturned by a federal judge in 2001.
In a sweeping decision released Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that over 100 death row inmates have the opportunity to prove racism affected their sentences because they had filed a claim under the state’s Racial Justice Act (RJA) before it was repealed in 2013. If the defendants win their hearings, they’ll be re-sentenced to life without parole.
Rodney Reed was punished to fatality greater than 20 years ago for the attack, rape and also strangling of 19- year-old StaceyStites But his lawyers with the Innocence Project claim they have proof that might vindicate him.
Reed’s death penalty is presently on hold as a result of different state process.
Writing individually, Justice Sonia Sotomayor kept in mind that Reed has “presented a substantial body of evidence” that she claimed “if true” calls into question the “veracity of scientific validity of the evidence.” Lower courts are still thinking about different cases, Sotomayor claimed, including that the court’s activity on Monday ought to not “close the door” on future evaluation of the situation.