PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has mandated that the state should provide expensive new medication to former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to treat his hepatitis C infection.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2hPl49z ) Abu-Jamal sued to improve the health care he was receiving in prison after he fell into diabetic shock and was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2015.
The former Black Panther spent 29 years on death row following his conviction in the 1981 murder of white Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal’s sentence was reduced to life without parole in 2011.
Judge Robert Mariani on Tuesday ordered that a doctor see Abu-Jamal to determine whether there is a medical reason he shouldn’t get the treatment drugs, which can range from $50,000 to $75,000 per person or more.
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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com