SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The latest developments in death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal's argument before a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Former Pennsylvania death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (MOO'-mee-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') says he suffered painful itching and swelling from a rash that covered most of his body for several months last year and earlier this year.

Abu-Jamal is testifying by video at a hearing in Scranton on the adequacy of his medical care in prison.

He also told the judge about an episode in which he fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital in diabetic shock.

Abu-Jamal's lawyers say he has been denied proper medical care.

Laura J. Neal, attorney for the state Department of Corrections, says Abu-Jamal's skin condition is improving.

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.

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11 a.m.

A hearing is underway in northeastern Pennsylvania for former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is telling a federal judge that his medical care for hepatitis C and other health problems has been inadequate.

Laura Neal, a lawyer for the state Department of Corrections, argued Friday that Abu-Jamal's lawsuit should be tossed because he filed it before exhausting a required administrative appeals process.

She says the appeals process discourages "inmates from running into court."

U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani notes that Abu-Jamal filed an amended complaint last month, after prison officials rejected his medical appeals.

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.

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1 a.m.

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.

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.