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    Documentary On Tennessee Death Row Inmate Premiering

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A documentary film about Tennessee death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman will premiere on the day he was scheduled to be executed before the Tennessee Supreme Court granted a stay in December.

    Abdur'Rahman (AHB'-dur-RAK'-mahn) was sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of Patrick Daniels. Police said Daniels and Norma Jean Norman were bound with duct tape and stabbed repeatedly with a butcher knife at Norman's home.

    Abdur'Rahman said he was trying to cleanse the Nashville community of drug dealers who sold to children. Co-defendant Devalle Miller testified against Abdur'Rahman, although Abdur-Rahman's attorneys have since argued that blood evidence at the scene pointed to Miller as the true assailant.

    “You Don't Know Me ” explores Abdur'Rahman's trial and the regrets of his attorney who blames himself for mounting a poor defense, according to a news release about the film. It will premiere April 16 at Nashville's Belcourt Theatre.

    “We felt it was time to take Abu-Ali’s story out of the justice system, where legal technicalities often override common sense and truth, and share it directly with a wide audience,” film director Jon Kent said in a news release. “We believe any fair-minded person who sees this film, no matter his or her stance on capital punishment, will recognize the gross injustice and downright absurdity of putting this man to death.”

    Abdur'Rahman, 69, has been on death row for 32 years and has now seen five execution dates come and go as the courts have decided his various legal challenges. In August, a judge resentenced Abdur'Rahman to life in prison after he raised claims that racism tainted the jury selection process, but before that order could become final Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery appealed. In a statement announcing the appeal, Slatery dismissed the claims of Abdur'Rahman's attorneys and supporters.

    “Over the last 30 years Mr. Abdur’Rahman has repeatedly raised the same issues ... all of which were thoroughly litigated and rejected in the state courts and on federal review through the United States Supreme Court,” a news release from Slatery said.

    Abdur'Rahman's latest execution date is on hold until the appeal of the resentencing order can be heard.

    https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/ar...e-15022137.php
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    Hearing date set for Tennessee inmate spared execution

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Oral arguments are set for June 9 in the case of a Tennessee inmate who was spared execution after a judge agreed to resentence him due to his claim that racism tainted the jury selection at his trial.

    State officials will argue in front of the Court of Criminal Appeals that the death sentence should be reinstated for Abu-Ali Abdur-Rahman.

    Last August, a Nashville judge approved an agreement between Abu-Ali Abdur-Rahman and Nashville’s district attorney to resentence Abdur’Rahman to life in prison.

    Abdur’Rahman had been scheduled to be executed in April. Abdur’Rahman was sentenced to die for the 1986 murder of Patrick Daniels.

    https://www.wkrn.com/news/june-9-hea...red-execution/
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    Let’s hope they do the right thing and reinstate. I am so tired of these fartknockers playing the race card
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    Court Examines Resentencing Based on Claim of Racism

    The fate of a black death row inmate in Tennessee, whose sentence was reduced to life in prison over concerns about racism at his trial, is up in the air after the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday heard an appeal of the sentence reduction.

    Abu-Ali AbdurRahman was sentenced to death for the 1986 murder of Patrick Daniels. He was scheduled to be executed in April, but last fall a judge resentenced him based on claims that prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the jury pool.

    Abdur'Rahman filed to reopen his case in 2016, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a different black death row inmate in Georgia, finding prosecutors had illegally excluded African Americans from the all-white jury that determined Timothy Fosters fate.

    In Abdur'Rahman's case, prosecutors notes from his trial showed they treated blacks in the jury pool differently from whites, according to court records. For example, prosecutors told the judge they were excluding a black a college educated preacher because he appeared uneducated and uncommunicative, while white jurors who truly were uneducated were allowed to serve.

    AbdurRahmans attorneys have also pointed to a panel at a Tennessee Attorney General's Conference where John Zimmerman, the attorney who prosecuted Abdur'Rahman's case, explicitly mentioned using race in jury selection. Zimmerman described seeking black jurors for a case where the defendants were Hispanic because "all blacks hate Mexicans," according to court records.

    Current Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk was among those who denounced Zimmerman's comments. When Abdur'Rahman asked to reopen his case, Funk decided to negotiate rather than fight. The agreement reached would reduce Abdur'Rahman's sentence to a life, and it would be served consecutively with 2 other life sentences, so there would be no possibility he would leave prison. In return, AbdurRahman agreed to give up any further legal challenges.

    The trial court judge approved the order in August but the Tennessee Attorney General's Office appealed. At the Tuesday hearing, Deputy Attorney General Zachary Hinkle argued that the trial court judge did not have the authority to modify Abdur'Rahman's sentence based merely on an agreement between the two parties. There should have been a petition, a hearing and a review, Hinkle said. And the court should have decided whether the U.S. Supreme Court's Georgia case creates a new and retroactive law that could then be applied to Abdur'Rahman's case.

    Those steps were short-circuited when the judge accepted the agreement between prosecutors and Abdur'Rahman, Hinkle said, arguing the judge's order approving the agreement should be vacated.

    Judge Tommy Woodall said it appears that the trial court skipped a step. The court should have made a finding that Abdur'Rahman was entitled to relief, vacated his sentences and then considered his agreement with prosecutors.

    Some might see it as form over substance, he said. I see it as the steps that have to be taken.

    David Esquivel, representing Abdur'Rahman, conceded there was some blurring of the separate steps. If the court is concerned about that, he said, they could send the case back to the trial court with directions to redo the proceedings.

    But Esquivel also argued that the attorney general's office does not have the right to appeal the agreement made by the district attorney because both the attorney general and the district attorney represent the same party, the state.

    A party cannot ask one lawyer to enter an agreement in the trial court and then ask a different lawyer to upend that agreement on appeal, Esquivel argued. No party can do that, not even the state.

    (source: New York Times)
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