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Mumia Abu-Jamal Will Not Be Executed, Jerry Sandusky in Jail, and Rod Blagojevich Gets 14 Year Sentance

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The Omelette Thursday December 8, 2011

Mumia Abu-Jamal Will No Longer Face Execution

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced on Wednesday that they have ended the state's effort to execute Mumia Abu-Jamal. Williams made the announcement after consulting with Maureen Faulker, the widow of Officer Daniel Faulkner.  Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Office Faulkner 30 years ago.

The decision comes on the heels of an appeals court's ruling earlier this year to overturn Mumia Abu-Jamals' death sentence. The U.S. Supreme Court decided to not rule on the case. After 30 years of appeals, it is clear Faulkner's widow has grown tired of the process. Added to that, Seth Williams made the decision due to the fact that many witnesses are no longer available.

Abu-Jamal will now spend the rest of his life in prison.

Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky is in Prison

Disgraced former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and thrown in prison on Wednesday on $250,000 bail after two new charges of child sex charges. He was sent to jail after failing to post the $250,000 bond.

The decision was made after two new accusers came forward including one who screamed for help while Sandusky's wife was allegedly home.

Rod Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday for numerous corruption charges, including attempting to sell President Barack Obama's former senate seat.

Blagojevich has 90 days to report to jail and begin serving his sentence.

The 54-year-old former Illinois Governor is still proclaiming his innocence despite the sentence.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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