Imprisoned cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has been granted another opportunity to appeal his 1981 conviction in the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal spent three decades on death row before his sentence was thrown out over flawed jury instructions.
Prosecutors agreed to a sentence of life without parole, and Abu-Jamal’s final appeal was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012. However, last Thursday, Judge Leon Tucker ruled that former Justice Ronald Castille should have recused himself because of statements he made as a prosecutor about police killers that suggest potential bias.
“I’m absolutely outraged with Leon Tucker,” said Officer Faulker’s widow Maureen on Fox and Friends Sunday. “This is going to open the door for so many murderers to be able to do this and appeal this.”