Lawyers for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will be watching closely on Tuesday when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up an Ohio death penalty case because its outcome may very well decide whether Abu-Jamal's death sentence will be reinstated. In both Abu-Jamal's and Frank G. Spisak's cases, the federal courts' decisions to overturn the death sentences hinged on Mills v. Maryland, a 1988 U.S. Supreme Court decision that governs how juries should deliberate during the penalty phase of a capital trial.
Ohio Death Penalty Case Might Determine Abu-Jamal's Fate
The Legal Intelligencer
October 12, 2009