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Ex-death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal to testify about medical care; convicted in cop's slaying

FILE -This undated file photo shows convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a chance to tell a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate. Claiming prison officials have shown  “deliberate indifference” to his health, former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a chance to argue his case before a federal judge on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Jennifer E. Beach, File)

FILE -This undated file photo shows convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a chance to tell a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate. Claiming prison officials have shown “deliberate indifference” to his health, former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal will get a chance to argue his case before a federal judge on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Jennifer E. Beach, File)  (The Associated Press)

Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') will get a chance to tell a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate.

Abu-Jamal spent nearly 30 years on death row in the 1981 slaying of a Philadelphia police officer before his sentence was overturned. The former Black Panther is now serving a life sentence.

Abu-Jamal's lawyers say he was denied proper medical care. Prison officials want his lawsuit dismissed, saying Abu-Jamal failed to exhaust his administrative appeals with the state.

He's scheduled to testify Friday by video hookup from the state prison in Frackville.