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No New Trial for Ex-Black Panther By: Associated Press
FrontPageMagazine.com | Saturday, October 31, 1998

Philadelphia—The state Supreme Court on Friday rejected the latest appeal from a former radio reporter convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

Mumia Abu-Jamal's lawyers vowed to appeal to federal court.

Abu-Jamal wants a new trial on grounds that the prosecution withheld evidence, the judge was biased and his defense counsel ineffective.

Abu-Jamal, a journalist and former Black Panther member, is on death row for the slaying of officer Daniel Faulkner. His jailhouse writing has made him a celebrity around the world, and his effort to win a new trial has become a focal point for death penalty critics.

Abu-Jamal's 1995 book, Live From Death Row, describes the brutality and humiliation of prison life and argues the justice system is racist and ruled by political expediency.

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