A panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence this morning. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to die for murdering a Philadelphia policeman in 1982. The court ordered that Mumia receive a new sentencing hearing, or else be sentenced to life in prison.
I haven’t yet read the court’s opinion, and the linked AFP article doesn’t say what the grounds were. What I really want to point out is how AFP describes Mumia:
A US federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the death sentence passed against human rights campaigner Mumia Abu-Jamal, while upholding his conviction for the murder of a police officer.
There you have it: not “murderer” Abu-Jamal, but “human rights campaigner” Abu-Jamal. This is ludicrous, especially so since the only “human right” Mumia has campaigned for is his own “right” not to be executed as punishment for the crime he committed.