Prison activist Mumia Abu-Jamal to get new appeals hearing

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FILE – In this July 12, 1995 file photo, Mumia Abu-Jamal leaves Philadelphia’s City Hall after a hearing. A federal judge in Pennsylvania has blasted a prison policy that denies former death-row inmate Abu-Jamal and others an expensive hepatitis C drug until they have advanced liver damage. Abu-Jamal is serving a life term for the […]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor dropped his opposition to it.

Sixty-four-year-old Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence after spending decades on death row in the 1981 slaying of Officer Daniel Faulkner during a traffic stop.

A city judge granted him a new hearing in December after the U.S. Supreme Court said a former Pennsylvania justice who heard his appeal had a potential conflict of interest in a similar case.

District Attorney Larry Krasner initially fought the hearing, fearing the judge’s order could affect a large number of other convictions.

Krasner says Wednesday he’s dropped his challenge because Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker has narrowed the scope of his order.

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