Mumia Watch: Supreme Court rejects appeal

posted at 2:25 pm on October 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal from Mumia Abu-Jamal today, declining to reverse his conviction.  His death sentence was overturned in March, forcing Pennsylvania to either retry his sentencing in front of a new jury or accept a life sentence instead.  This appeal attacked the conviction, but left the same court unmoved:

The US Supreme Court Monday refused to hear arguments for a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther accused of killing a police officer who has become an icon for anti-capital punishment campaigners.

His lawyer Robert Bryan has already said he will seek to bring a second Supreme Court appeal — on the grounds of racism — for the 54-year-old former radio journalist accused of the 1981 murder of Daniel Faulkner. …

As part of his defense, Abu-Jamal has argued he was denied a fair trial in 1982 because the prosecution barred 10 qualified African-Americans from sitting on the jury, which in the end consisted of 10 whites and two blacks.

The Philadelphia appeals court had rejected his arguments on lack of evidence of any racist intent on the part of the prosecution.

Without intent, it’s doubtful that the Supreme Court will act to overturn the conviction at this stage, especially since they had that opportunity — and declined to even hear the case.  Given that the jury included two African-Americans who then voted to convict, the argument that the composition of the jury would have made any difference seems far-fetched. After that last appeal fails, the case of Mumia will finally get a chance to pass into oblivion, unless Pennsylvania decides to retry the sentencing.

As I wrote in March, I think they’d be better advised to let Mumia rot in prison for the rest of his life.  Without the attraction of the death penalty, most of the celebrity attached to this case would disappear, and perhaps we may finally see a recognition of a basic fact in this case: Mumia murdered Daniel Faulkner in cold blood.  Be sure to read Maureen Faulkner’s book on the murder of her husband, Murdered by Mumia. Shaun Mullen worked as a reporter in Philadelphia at the time and has some excellent observations as well.


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Don’t worry Pres. Obama (God Forbid) will pardon him as his first pardon act should he be elected.

eaglewingz08 on October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Take away his visitors rights too….

We need the death penalty to be SWIFT and SURE so we don’t make celebrities out of cop killers.

I wonder who Mumia would vote for?

originalpechanga on October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

As I wrote in March, I think they’d be better advised to let Mumia rot in prison for the rest of his life until January 21, 2009.

Fixed.

MrScribbler on October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

On the upside, he was able to cast his ballot for Obama in early voting.

JammieWearingFool on October 6, 2008 at 2:29 PM

“medium rare or well done?”

mylegsareswollen on October 6, 2008 at 2:30 PM

That this scum is still breathing is as disgusting as a jug-eared zero like Oblahblah running for president.

Captain Hate on October 6, 2008 at 2:31 PM

“Free Daniel Faulkner” is what I would tell this piece of trash. Let’s not forget that there is a street in France named after him.

hippie_chucker on October 6, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Don’t worry Pres. Obama (God Forbid) will pardon him as his first pardon act should he be elected.

Yep.
He’ll be pardoned on Day 1, and put on the Supreme Court on Day 2

ToddonCapeCod on October 6, 2008 at 2:33 PM

eaglewingz08 on October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Barry’s second act will be to call him a “towering figure” and name a street after him, just like they did in Paris.

Buy Danish on October 6, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Fry Mumia.

Farmer_Joe on October 6, 2008 at 2:36 PM

There will not be a President Obama. And Mumia will die.

ManlyRash on October 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Without the attraction of the death penalty, most of the celebrity attached to this case would disappear, and perhaps we may finally see a recognition of a basic fact in this case: Mumia murdered Daniel Faulkner in cold blood.

Yeah! Just like they finally admitted that Leonard Peltier brutally murdered Agents Coler and Williams. Oh, wait… they didn’t and are trying to get the bastard pardoned, which they almost succeeded in doing so in 2000. http://www.noparolepeltier.com/

Blake on October 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

On the grounds of racism…guess its time for all us crackers to off ourselves.

Paint the Whitehouse black…….I love the smell of tolerance, don’t you?

dmann on October 6, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Justice for the Faulkner family. Amen.

Urban Infidel on October 6, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Don’t worry Pres. Obama (God Forbid) will pardon him as his first pardon act should he be elected.

eaglewingz08 on October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

I disagree – it would be the first act of his second term (God Forbid).

HawaiiLwyr on October 6, 2008 at 2:43 PM

His lawyer Robert Bryan has already said he will seek to bring a second Supreme Court appeal — on the grounds of racism — for the 54-year-old former radio journalist accused of the 1981 murder of Daniel Faulkner. …

Accused? I believe he was convicted. And even after 27 years of appeals, he’s still a convicted murderer. As in “convicted murderer Jamal’s appeal was turned down.” This would be called a fact. I know they didn’t teach it in Journalism school, but some things you need to learn on your own.

trubble on October 6, 2008 at 2:44 PM

All I can say is AWESOME! Thank you Supreme Court. Mumia needs to die for killing Daniel in cold blood.

Kat13 on October 6, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Ed, do us all a favor and remove that cop killer from the page.

carbon_footprint on October 6, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Shocka I tell ya… The Supreme Court isn’t going to grant that piece of trash a day in the Sun, and for good reason.

SkinnerVic on October 6, 2008 at 2:47 PM

I thought he was already dead.

forest on October 6, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Time to pay the piper, Mumia. You got your extra 27 years which on its own is a joke, so count yourself lucky and prepare for your journey to hell.

Buh bye now.

Bishop on October 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Don’t worry Pres. Obama (God Forbid) will pardon him as his first pardon act should he be elected.

eaglewingz08 on October 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM

President Obama (spit!) fortunately would have no authority to pardon him unless he was convicted of a federal crime. Only the Governor of Pennsylvania would have that authority and I don’t think any Pennsylvania politician, Republican or Democrat, would touch that hot potato.

sdd on October 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Yup, the United States is such a vile, racist country that a convicted cold blooded cop killer is still alive 27 years later appealing his sentence and conviction.

In real oppressive places he’d be long dead.

rbj on October 6, 2008 at 2:51 PM

NPR flags are flying at half mast…

Urban Infidel on October 6, 2008 at 2:52 PM

President Obama (spit!) fortunately would have no authority to pardon him unless he was convicted of a federal crime. Only the Governor of Pennsylvania would have that authority and I don’t think any Pennsylvania politician, Republican or Democrat, would touch that hot potato.

sdd on October 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Ed Rendell sure as hell won’t, he was a deputy DA when it happened.

rockmom on October 6, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Too bad he’s not on a Texas Death Row.

This conversation would not even be taking place.

God Bless Texas.

tru2tx on October 6, 2008 at 2:54 PM

NPR flags are flying at half mast…

Urban Infidel on October 6, 2008 at 2:52 PM

You beat me to it!

Has that swine Ed Asner been reached for comment?

JammieWearingFool on October 6, 2008 at 2:55 PM

At least Pennsy still HAS a death penalty.
Here in ILL-annoyz murderers can get sentanced to die…it just won’t mean anything.
%^&!@# GEORGE RYAN!!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 6, 2008 at 2:57 PM

fry the bastard fry him now

pseudonominus on October 6, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Awesome! I can already hear certain celebs crying their tears over this.

becki51758 on October 6, 2008 at 3:02 PM

The internets are full of “Is Obama’s Victory Ours?” by Mumia.

vinman on October 6, 2008 at 3:03 PM

I, for one, am very happy that his death sentence was overturned, and now can rot away in prison. As long as his conviction remains, I’m happy.

Abby Adams on October 6, 2008 at 3:04 PM

President Obama (spit!) fortunately would have no authority to pardon him unless he was convicted of a federal crime. Only the Governor of Pennsylvania would have that authority and I don’t think any Pennsylvania politician, Republican or Democrat, would touch that hot potato.

sdd

Wrong! The law will say what The Whun says it says.

thekingtut on October 6, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Let’s wait for Obama to pardon him once he gets elected emperor.

Hening on October 6, 2008 at 3:05 PM

“I think they’d be better advised to let Mumia rot in prison for the rest of his life.”

Well, he does have to look at that face in the mirror every morning.

Why does the State of Pennsylvania allow prisoners to have dreadlocks, by the way? Good place to hide a shank.

They should all have their heads forcibly shaved weekly during the delouse session, prior to putting in another 16 hour day at breaking rocks.

This isn’t a reggae band, this is a prison.

NoDonkey on October 6, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther accused of killing a police officer

and again

for the 54-year-old former radio journalist accused of the 1981 murder of Daniel Faulkner

Isn’t he serving time for this because he was convicted?

jmarcure on October 6, 2008 at 3:20 PM

I disagree – it would be the first act of his second term (God Forbid).

HawaiiLwyr on October 6, 2008 at 2:43 PM

True. He’d be on his best behavior until then.

I’d like to be as optimistic as ManlyRash, but I just don’t have it in me.

Esthier on October 6, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Perhaps the “Hitler Obama youth” will make a video explaining everything BHO is going to do for Mumia.

Claypigeon on October 6, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Well, when he finally does die, he will have to face a judge who isn’t swayed by any sort of political correctness.

Grafted on October 6, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Can we at least get him into a supermax prison isolated from the media?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 6, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Yes, taking the death penalty of the table removes a lot of his ‘celebrity allure’.

However, actually carrying out the execution also does this. I haven’t noticed a lot of celebrity idiots caring too much about Stanley Tookie Williams since he was executed.

Just once it would be nice if the anti-death penalty circus would choose someone that might actually be innocent for their cause celebre. I’m not talking about the people that oppose it in all instances – they are right to defend the possibly innocent and the definitely guilty and they generally don’t get much media. I’m referring to the useful idiots that get sucked into media campaigns by people like Mumia that actually get suckered into believing he’s innocent. For once, it would be nice if there were a decent amount of evidence that the person actually might be innocent!

JadeNYU on October 6, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Future Obama HUD Secretary?

If Obama wins, as several folks have already pointed out, the cries of Free Mumia will build to a crescendo, for what is ultimately the point of having the WH if you cant grant clemency to Hollywood’s favorite cop-killer?

I can see the counter-protest T-shirts now:

You say Free, I say Fry.

Mike D. on October 6, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Obama supporter

SaintOlaf on October 6, 2008 at 4:14 PM

JadeNYU on October 6, 2008 at 4:01 PM

I agree. Or I wish they’d just admit that these people are guilty. As you said, if they’re against the death penalty, then it shouldn’t matter if he’s a cop killer or not.

Some honesty would be nice.

Esthier on October 6, 2008 at 4:18 PM

I didn’t read it very well. Does PA still have the option of re-trying him and sentencing him to burn alive in the public square?

Jaibones on October 6, 2008 at 4:23 PM

While I support the death penalty and certainly think Mumia should have been killed by now, I take much satisfaction in the long Mumia drama. What if the leftist idiots who have been spending thousands of man-hours of time had found some more destructive project than Mumia?

thuja on October 6, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Hang him high.. no.. not get him stoned then hang him..

give him the long drop/short rope..

DaveC on October 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

I thought this douchebag had been executed already. Geez, Louise.

Jarhead68 on October 6, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Make the jerk watch 1000 hours of Oprah without a break. Then shoot him . What in the world are waiting
for. Just execute the bastard. . . . .Damn

Texyank on October 6, 2008 at 5:47 PM

It’s really unfair that this creep has been living for almost 30 years as the toast of the town, and Danny Faulkner is still…dead.

Irks the heck outta me, I tell you.

Bob's Kid on October 6, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Make the jerk watch 1000 hours of Oprah without a break. Then shoot him . What in the world are waiting
Texyank on October 6, 2008 at 5:47 PM

After watching 1000 hours of Oprah, getting shot is not a punishment it’s a relief.

Tommy_G on October 6, 2008 at 7:10 PM

I just love the smell of Texas Fried Convict. I wonder if the Philly ones will make me hanker for a Cheese Steak.

Mooseman on October 6, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Free Mumia!
Free Mumia’s soul from his body.

Mojave Mark on October 6, 2008 at 8:19 PM

If he was ever pardoned and released, he’d never be safe. Every cop in the country would love to bust him for something. He couldn’t even jaywalk without being taken to jail.

I imagine he’d walk through the prison gates only to find every cop and state trooper in 100 miles there waiting for him.

when I first looked at this case, I concluded that he will die in prison whether he is executed or not.

KillerKane on October 6, 2008 at 8:33 PM

you can put lip stick on Mumia and he is still a pig.When
mumia gets off death row he can get a boy friend and put lip stick on him with a blond wig mumia will be one happy
fag

Denniscat on October 6, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Don’t forget to moisten the sponge.

argos on October 6, 2008 at 11:20 PM