News

Abu-Jamal testifies about rash, diabetic shock

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 18, 2015 1:58 PM
mumia_abu_jamal3.jpg

(Scranton) --  Former Pennsylvania death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal says he suffered painful itching and swelling from a rash that covered most of his body for several months last year and earlier this year. 

Abu-Jamal is testifying by video at a hearing in Scranton on the adequacy of his medical care in prison.

He also told the judge about an episode in which he fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital in diabetic shock.

Abu-Jamal's lawyers say he has been denied proper medical care.

Laura J. Neal, attorney for the state Department of Corrections, says Abu-Jamal's skin condition is improving.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row in the 1981 slaying of a Philadelphia police officer before his sentence was overturned. The former Black Panther is now serving a life sentence.

An earlier story is below:

Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a chance to tell a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row in the 1981 slaying of  Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner before his sentence was overturned.

The former Black Panther is now serving a life sentence.

Abu-Jamal's lawyers say he was denied proper medical care.

Prison officials want his lawsuit dismissed, saying Abu-Jamal failed to exhaust his administrative appeals with the state.

He's scheduled to testify today by video hookup from the state prison in Frackville, Schuylkill County.

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , , , ,

back to top

Post a comment

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »