The long-awaited decision handed down Thursday in notorious cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s federal appeal weighed in at 118 pages but changed nothing as the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that upheld Abu-Jamal’s conviction but overturned his death sentence because of potentially confusing jury instructions.

But a dissenting judge said he would also have ordered new hearings on whether Abu-Jamal can prove that prosecutors improperly struck blacks from the jury.

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