Tom Morello, guitarist for politically charged rockers Rage Against the Machine, has praised US District Court Judge William Yohnís decision to throw out a death sentence issued in 1982 to journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal. Morello, who has been a vocal supporter of Abu-Jamal for years, has called the judgeís decision "a cause for celebration." Abu-Jamal was convicted and sentenced in 1982 for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. According to the prosecution, Abu-Jamalís brother was pulled over by, and engaged in a scuffle with Faulkner. Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther, was charged with rushing to the scene and shooting the officer in the back. The two then engaged in a shootout ending with Abu-Jamal shooting Faulkner four more times. Yesterdayís ruling orders a new sentencing hearing to be held within the next 180 days, or a life sentence would be instituted by default. Yohn, who's ruling came because the original jury was not properly instructed by the presiding judge, denied Abu-Jamalís request for a new trial.