Philadelphia prosecutors on Wednesday dropped their 30-year push for the death penalty for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther whose case became well known because it was so racially charged.
Abu-Jamal, 58, will instead serve a life sentence.
While the decision follows decades of protests and public appeals, Wednesday's decision appears not to be a result of activist or lawyer action. Instead, the widow of slain officer Daniel Faulkner has reportedly persuaded prosecutors to stop pushing for the death penalty, saying she was tired of the constant reminders of her husband’s death.
Free Mumia activists, including many celebrities, have long said that Jamal was railroaded when he was convicted of shooting Faulkner during a traffic stop.
There were mixed reactions to the news: