Dueling Mumia Abu-Jamal movies premiere in Philly

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A pair of documentaries about death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal have debuted in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pair of documentaries about death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal have debuted in Philadelphia. Separate screenings were held Tuesday night of "The Barrel of a Gun" and "Justice on Trial." The movies take different views of Abu-Jamal’s conviction in the 1981 death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Faulkner was fatally shot after pulling over Abu-Jamal’s brother on a downtown street. Authorities say Faulkner managed to shoot Abu-Jamal during the confrontation and the wounded suspect had a gun at his side when officers arrived. Supporters claim Abu-Jamal is the victim of a racist justice system. But prosecutors say the evidence against him is overwhelming. A federal appeals court is scheduled to hear arguments next month over whether Abu-Jamal deserves a new sentencing phase for his trial. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jennifer E. Beach, File)

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