Mumia Abu-Jamal was born April 24th was sentenced to death for the murder of Daniel Faulkner on December 9th 1981. He is one of the most celebrated prisoners today on death row. His sentence is argumentatively the most debated as well.
Since his conviction, his case has received international attention. He supporters disagree that he received a fair trial.
During his imprisonment he has published several books and other commentaries, notably Live from Death Row.
In 2008, after a fierce judicial battle, Abu-Jamal's death sentence was commuted to life in prison over procedural irregularities during his trial -- the jury was mistakenly led to believe it could not consider mitigating factors against a death sentence.
The state of Pennsylvania appealed the decision and the Supreme Court in January ordered a court of appeals to review the commutation.The Philadelphia federal appeals court now can either reinstate Abu-Jamal's death sentence, uphold his current life sentence or call for a new jury and sentencing hearing.