Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal demand his freedom on the 39th anniversary of his arrest

Mumia Abu-Jamal
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source: The Inquirer
published: 9 December 2020

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.

They also condemned the 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia and rejected a recent apology Philadelphia city councilmembers offered for the city’s actions that day in starting a fire that killed 11 people.

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.

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North Carolina Supreme Court rules on Racial Justice Act hearings

Prisoner Appeal on Death Row

source: TIME News
published: 5 June 2020

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racism affected their sentences because they had filed a claim under the state’s Racial Justice Act (RJA) before it was repealed in 2013.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.

The ruling comes after years of legislative and legal proceedings over the RJA. Passed in 2009, the Act allowed North Carolina death row inmates to be re-sentenced to life without parole if they could prove race played a significant factor in their death sentence.

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The Supreme Court announces it will not take up Rodney Reed’s appeal

Rodney Reed
Rodney Reed

all credits: The Union Journal
published: 25 February 2020

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.

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