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Judge weighs 'mental anguish' law opposed by cop-killer

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)- A federal judge is considering the legality of a Pennsylvania law that is intended to protect crime victims but whose opponents including a convicted cop-killer say restricts free speech.

The law allows victims to seek injunctions against offenders who act in ways that perpetuate their mental anguish.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner said at a hearing in Harrisburg on Monday that his decision will completely wrap up the matter and clear the way for the losing side to appeal.

The state law enacted in October was drafted after Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving life for the killing of a Philadelphia officer, made a recorded commencement address to a Vermont college.

Abu-Jamal and others are suing the state attorney general to overturn the law. Conner didn't indicate when he will issue his opinion.

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