Dozens gathered outside of the Centre for Criminal Justice in Philadelphia on Wednesday to demand the release of ex-Black Panther member Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving life in prison for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Protesters held signs and demanded the imminent release of Abu-Jamal, who they claim was victim to allegations of judicial bias and conflict of interest... Еще during his appeal hearing back in August 2017. «The issue here is the fact that the judge who sat on his appeals courts had been the prosecutor who prosecuted Mumia to make sure that his death sentence was upheld» said attorney and human rights activist Rachel Wilkins, adding «the US Supreme Court said that you could not be a judge and a prosecutor in the same case.» According to Wilkins, Abu-Jamal is an innocent man, who has been framed and who been granted neither the right to a fair trial, nor the right to a fair appeal. The court hearing is a continuation of his last court hearing on August 7 in 2017. On December 9, 1981 Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot dead during a routine traffic stop. Mumia Abu-Jamal, a then-popular activist and journalist, was arrested and charged with the officer's death. In 1982, he was convicted and sentenced to death, however, after numerous appeals, his sentence was commuted in 2001 to life imprisonment without parole. Abu-Jamal was reportedly a member of the Black Panther Party, a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organisation, until October 1970.