Convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and his supporters are suing to challenge a Pennsylvania law they say violates convicts' free speech rights, reports the Associated Press. Abu-Jamal and prisoner-rights groups filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to void the law, which allows violent-crime victims to take legal action when an offender's conduct “perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime.”
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the measure last month, saying it's designed to curb the “obscene celebrity” cultivated by convicts like Abu-Jamal, who's serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer. The law was prompted by Abu-Jamal's pre-recorded speech last month to graduates at Vermont's Goddard College.