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The Latest: State tells judge to toss Mumia Abu-Jamal case

The Latest: State tells judge to toss Mumia Abu-Jamal's case claiming inadequate medical care

The Latest: State tells judge to toss Mumia Abu-Jamal case

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- The latest developments in death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal's argument before a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate (all times local):

11 a.m.

A hearing is underway in northeastern Pennsylvania for former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL'), who is telling a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate.

Laura Neal, a lawyer for the state Department of Corrections, argued Friday that Abu-Jamal's lawsuit should be tossed because he filed it before exhausting a required administrative appeals process.

She says the appeals process discourages "inmates from running into court."

U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani notes that Abu-Jamal filed an amended complaint last month, after prison officials rejected his medical appeals.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row in the 1981 slaying of a Philadelphia police officer before his sentence was overturned. The former Black Panther is now serving a life sentence.

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1 a.m.

Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') will get a chance to tell a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row in the 1981 slaying of a Philadelphia police officer before his sentence was overturned. The former Black Panther is now serving a life sentence.

Abu-Jamal's lawyers say he was denied proper medical care. Prison officials want his lawsuit dismissed, saying Abu-Jamal failed to exhaust his administrative appeals with the state.

He's scheduled to testify Friday by video hookup from the state prison in Frackville.


Updated : 2021-09-25 08:51 GMT+08:00