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Governor signing law in response to Abu-Jamal talk
October 21, 2014 14:42 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is preparing to sign legislation prompted by a college address given by Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer.

The law will let prosecutors or victims of a personal injury crime seek an injunction or other court-ordered relief when an offender's conduct "causes a temporary or permanent state of mental anguish."

Civil rights groups call the measure vague, overbroad and a violation of constitutionally protected free speech.

Abu-Jamal provided a pre-recorded address this month to graduates at Vermont's Goddard College.

He says he is victim of a racist justice system and has drawn international support.

Corbett is signing the bill Tuesday near where Officer Daniel Faulkner was killed. Faulkner's widow will also attend.


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