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Longtime Tenn. Death Row Inmate To Get New Hearing

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 13:36:06-04

A Nashville judge said a man who has long been on Tennessee's death row will get a new hearing.

According to reports, 65-year-old Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman has been on death row since 1987, when he was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Patrick Daniels.

Abdur'Rahman has argued that prosecutors discriminated against African-Americans during jury selection.

Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said the U.S. Supreme Court case Foster v. Chatman potentially created new precedent that warrants an evidentiary hearing for Abdur'Rahman.

In the Foster v. Chatman case, justices found that prosecutors struck all four African-American potential jurors based solely on their race.

The U.S. Supreme Court has held for 30 years that lawyers cannot excuse potential jurors solely based on race.