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Death-Row Inmate Earns Ba Degree

Death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in psychology Sunday from a small college, earning about half of his credits from prison.

Abu-Jamal, a former reporter and Black Panther, was convicted of the December 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and was scheduled to die by injection last August. A judge granted him an indefinite stay of execution and he is seeking a second trial.

Abu-Jamal went to Goddard College near Montpelier between 1978 and 1980. He reapplied last year and was accepted into the off-campus program. He did all his work through the mail.

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