High court denies Abu-Jamal new trial

, The Legal Intelligencer

Convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal lost his final appeal for a new trial Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the issue of whether blacks were unfairly excluded from the jury. But the justices have not yet had their last word in Abu-Jamal's case. When they do, which may not be until next term, they could be gearing up to reinstate Abu-Jamal's death sentence. The outcome might hinge on what the justices decide to do in a different case involving a cross-dressing, neo-Nazi triple murderer.

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