Mumia Abu-Jamal wins right to re-open appeals — Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement

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Community activists and leaders from the Philadelphia region will hold a news conference 12 noon, Thursday, April 18 at the Octavius V. Catto Statue on the south side of Philadelphia City Hall to discuss today’s decision by District Attorney Larry Krasner to finally relent to Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker’s ground-breaking decision which gives political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to reopen his appeals.

By rescinding his appeal, Krasner has removed a major hurdle for Abu-Jamal to eventually be released after 37 years in prison. This is a significant development in Abu-Jamal’s quest for freedom.

Public pressure on Krasner’s office to do the right thing and rescind the appeal gained momentum in early February when Yale Law School students publicly withdrew their invitation to Krasner to deliver a keynote address to their Rebellious Lawyering (Reb/Law) conference. In Philadelphia, activists often confronted Krasner whenever he spoke in public with signs calling on him to “Drop the Appeal.”

The next step is re-opening Abu-Jamal’s appeals filed between 1995 and 2012 before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys will argue against the constitutional violations that unfairly convicted the imprisoned journalist who is suffering from the ravages of Hepatitis C and glaucoma. As Philadelphia’s DA, Krasner will be in the position of defending police, judicial and prosecutorial misconduct.

Attorney Rachel Wolkenstein added: “For over 37 years, Mumia has been imprisoned for a crime [that] police and prosecution know he did not commit. We now have a legal opening in the fight for Mumia’s freedom” […]

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8 thoughts on “Mumia Abu-Jamal wins right to re-open appeals — Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement

    • Thanks for reblogging, srogouski. I’m inclined to agree with Shelby that it’s too little too late. I have a feeling Assange will continue to continue campaigning for the Truth from within the prison system, just as Mumia and Peltier have done.

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  1. “Abu-Jamal’s attorneys will argue against the constitutional violations that unfairly convicted the imprisoned journalist who is suffering from the ravages of Hepatitis C and glaucoma.”

    Just as I stated on another blog about this, the man is about to drop dead and so this bit of grandstanding is ridiculous. When it counted, the man should have been granted the right to have his appeals heard, but since he is dying from the ravages of disease, now is the time to grant him the right to have his appeals heard??!!! Seriously??!!! The ‘white’ man is not doing Abu-Jamal any favors with these latest shenanigans. I have seen far too many Black prisoners get out of prison because they are just about dead and so let them out because they are literally dead men and women walking. Fuck this shit!

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  2. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    “Abu-Jamal’s attorneys will argue against the constitutional violations that unfairly convicted the imprisoned journalist who is suffering from the ravages of Hepatitis C and glaucoma.”

    Just as I stated on another blog about this, the man is about to drop dead and so this bit of grandstanding is ridiculous. When it counted, the man should have been granted the right to have his appeals heard, but since he is dying from the ravages of disease, now is the time to grant him the right to have his appeals heard??!!! Seriously??!!! The ‘white’ man is not doing Abu-Jamal any favors with these latest shenanigans. I have seen far too many Black prisoners get out of prison because they are just about dead and so let them out because they are literally dead men and women walking. Fuck this shit!

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    • Sadly the white men who run our justice system never ever do Black people (or any genuine activists for truth and freedom) any favors, Shelby. I’m still grateful that the movement to free Mumia was powerful enough to get him off death row. I still remember listening to his Live from Death Row radio programs. I guess the best we can do now is to make sure that history correctly records the truth about all Black and Native American freedom fighters.

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