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Mumia: Political Prisoner or Cop Killer?

Last week, an appeals court ruled that former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal -- who has been on death row for 26 years -- should get a new penalty hearing. That means he could be let off death row, but not freed from jail.

I talked to Jeff Mackler, director of The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. (Unfortunately the lines were down at the studio we booked him in, so he was on cell phone, and the audio is a little choppy.)

He raises questions of whether too many potential black jurors were removed from the jury pool. Then I spoke with Maureen Faulkner, widow of the Philadelphia police officer Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering. She says she believes that Abu-Jamal specifically wanted to kill a police officer, but that the case may not directly be about race.

Take a listen to what they had to say.

If you've been tracking this case: what do you think should happen? A new trial on the evidence? This new hearing on the penalty? Or should he remain on death row? ... and of course, we want to know why you believe what you do.