[Ppnews] Mumia Alert! Stay informed

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Fri Jun 3 14:01:49 EDT 2005

see the new ruling in Mumia's case:  at www.freemumia.com
Please post and reforward widely......

from the office of Robert Bryan------------------------

Dear Friends:

Attached is the Memorandum & Order recently received from the
Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, announcing an
intention to dismiss.  Since the relief sought in our Dec. 8, 2003
habeas corpus (PCRA) petition was rejected, I will be filing a
reconsideration motion by June 16, 2005.  If denied, this will be
appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Your good work & support is appreciated.

With best wishes,

Law Offices of Robert R. Bryan
2088 Union Street, Suite 4
San Francisco, California 94123

Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

         Message from International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia


"Yeah, and I'm gonna help 'em fry the nigger"
Uttered by the illustrious Judge Albert Sabo, otherwise known as
Philadelphia's 'hanging judge' during the time he presided over Mumia's
trial in 1982.

Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas wants
to put the final nail in Mumia's coffin. Back in 2001 she began her
rubberstamping of Judge Albert Sabo's biased decisions. She refused to
include the confession of Arnold Beverly into the record. And she
insisted, ridiculous as that sounds, that Sabo's comment of "Yeah, and
I'm gonna help 'em fry the nigger" did not mean that Sabo could not be
fair in his rulings. Then she arbitrarily cancelled the February 11,
2005 hearing that could have led to crucial evidence in Mumia's favor
being put on the legal record. She shucked and jived her way out of the
hearing by incorrectly citing a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court, Commonwealth v. Johnson, despite the appearance of new
evidence of gross misconduct on the part of the Philadelphia DA's

These rulings and her backwardness are of no consequence to what we have
to do. We believe in Mumia's innocence, and at the very least believe
that he ought to be granted a new trial given the sick circumstances of
his original one. Judge Dembe must be challenged. These are our demands
and we want the record to show the following:

-Mr. Jamal must be present for all hearings, court procedures and
deliberations. Prison officials have no right to determine whether a
person appears in court.

-The Terri Maurer-Carter affidavit must be admitted to the record. She's
sworn that she overheard Judge Sabo say during Mumia's 1982 trial,
"Yeah, and I'm going to help 'em fry the nigger."

-The Arnold Beverly confession that it was he and not Mumia who killed
Officer Faulkner, must be admitted into the record.

-Priscilla Durham's half-brother submitted an affidavit saying his
sister admitted to him that she lied when she said she heard Mumia say
that he killed Faulkner, the cop. His sworn statement must be admitted
to the record.

-Yvette Williams said in her affidavit that Cynthia White, the
prosecution's so-called star witness, admitted to not being present
during the shooting, but appearing on the scene afterward.

The only way Mumia and all the rest of the political prisoners will get
justice is when we apply pressure in the streets and off. Let's give the
judge a piece of our mind about this.
Call, write, fax and email her about the relevant facts of this case.
Our collective power will set Mumia free.


Pamela Pryor Dembe
Philadelphia County Court of
Common Pleas
1417 Criminal Justice Center
1301 Filbert St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-683-7148 phone
215-683-7150 fax
pamela.dembe at courts.phila.gov

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