[Ppnews] New alert: Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal

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Mon Jun 13 08:35:45 EDT 2005


VIA Sis. Fatirah
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STOP THE CONSPIRACY TO FRAMEUP
AND MURDER MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

ATTENTION: JUDGE MASSIAH-JACKSON, CONGRESSMAN FATTAH, MAYOR STREET,
NATIONAL AND PHILADELPHIA NAACP, ALL OTHER POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS,
NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AND PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL:

Once again, Mumia Abu-Jamal, an innocent man on Pennsylvania’s Death Row
for 23 years, is being denied justice because the court system is
violating his right to due process, to the consideration of relevant
evidence, and to a new and fair trial, if not his immediate release.
Judge Pamela Dembe, in the Court of Common Pleas, has hammered another
nail into the coffin they’re preparing for Mumia by rubberstamping the
record of the notorious “Hanging Judge” Albert Sabo.

The whole world denounced Mumia Abu-Jamal’s trial and his Post
Conviction Relief Appeal (PCRA) held in 1982 and 1995 respectively in
the courtroom of Judge Albert Sabo. Legal groups such Amnesty
International, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, the
Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, the National Lawyers
Guild, and the National Conference of Black Lawyers detailed the many
violations of US and international laws that Sabo committed. World
leaders such as Nelson Mandela, then President of South Africa, Bishop
Desmond Tutu, French President Jacques Chirac, the Japanese Diet
(Japan’s legislative body), and the US Congressional Black Caucus
denounced the trial and PCRA as being unjust, illegal, and racist.
Religious leaders, writers, artists, and other intellectuals from across
the globe expressed outrage at the conviction and death sentence imposed
on Mumia, and millions petitioned and marched to demand Mumia’s freedom
or at the very least a new and fair trial.

Now after four years of Mumia’s case being before Judge Pamela Dembe ,
we see a pattern of supporting all of Sabo’s rulings, with the only
difference being that Dembe’s decisions have been made in the absence of
Mumia or his supporters in the courtroom. There is a deafening silence
from many of those who were so outraged only ten years ago. WE CANNOT
REMAIN SILENT WHILE THE RAILROADING OF MUMIA TOWARD EXECUTION OR LIFE IN
PRISON CONTINUES. THE ATTEMPT TO KILL MUMIA IS NOT FOR ANY CRIME HE
COMMITTED. IT IS FOR HIS UNCOMPROMISING POLITICAL POSITIONS AND HIS
ELOQUENCE IN EXPRESSING THEM. Refusing to include evidence pointing to
Mumia’s innocence in the record prevents the higher courts from
reviewing these critical affidavits.

What Judge Dembe has done is deny Mumia his constitutional and human
right to a fair judicial process. She has sustained every decision Sabo
made and refused to introduce extremely relevant and crucial material
pointing to Mumia’s innocence. When Mumia’s attorneys submitted an
affidavit by someone who said that it was he, and not Mumia, who killed
Officer Faulkner, and this affidavit supported other witnesses’ versions
of what happened on the night of December 9, 1981, Judge Dembe dismissed
the confession as “untimely”. Similarly, she declared affidavits from
Mumia and his brother presenting their side of what happened that night
as also “untimely”. When Mumia and his lawyers fought for Mumia’s right
to be present at his hearing in August 2001, Judge Dembe allowed prison
officials to revoke Mumia’s scheduled court appearance in Philadelphia.
When Mumia and his lawyers presented an affidavit from a highly credible
court stenographer who heard Judge Sabo say in 1982, in the supposed
privacy of another courtroom, “Yeah, and I’m going to help ‘em fry the
nigger”, Judge Dembe ruled that that testimony should not be introduced
into the record. Unable to argue that it was “untimely”, she presented
the ridiculous explanation that even if Sabo had actually made the
comment the witness alleged he did, it did not prove that his decisions
were affected by this expressed intention. Also, she said the issue of
Sabo’s racism had already been raised earlier and so did not need to be
reviewed again. When presented with two new affidavits this year
pointing to Mumia’s innocence, Dembe cancelled a scheduled hearing to
present the evidence and, now on May 27^th she has ruled that this
evidence is to be excluded from the record, thus preventing a serious
consideration of Mumia’s innocence in the higher courts.

*JOIN US FOR OUTREACH, PROTEST AND RESISTANCE ON:*

*_THURSDAY JUNE 16^th , ON THE WEST SIDE OF CITY HALL IN PHILADELPHIA,
AT 12 NOON_*

*_ _*

June 16^th will be the last day Mumia can file for “reconsideration” of
Dembe’s ruling. We must let the courts know that we will not be quiet in
the face of this outrageous and continuous process to kill and SILENCE
OUR BROTHER MUMIA.

*For more information call : *

*International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal *

*(215) 476-8812 or Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition (NYC) (212) 927-2924*

* *

*Also, call* *Judge Frederica A. Massiah-Jackson, Pamela Dembe’s
supervisor, at* (*215) 686-2523* to let her know how outraged you are by
Judge Dembe’s decisions. Tell her you think the evidence of Mumia’s
innocence must be included in the record! You can even quote from the
excerpts below.

“Juries can only be accurate assessors of events if they are given a
complete view of the facts ­ including any differing explanations and
interpretations of events 
 These factors were clearly missing in
Abu-Jamal’s trial
 Amnesty International has determined that numerous
aspects of this case clearly failed to meet minimum international
standards safeguarding the fairness of legal proceedings 
 the interests
of justice would best be served by the granting of a new trial to Mumia
Abu-Jamal” From Amnesty International’s */The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal: A
Life in the Balance/*

“A grave injustice is about to be committed. We are rushing to execute
someone in the face of ample evidence that his constitutional rights
have been denied, that he did not receive a fair trial, and most
importantly, that he may be innocent
we urge you 
 to have Judge Sabo
recuse himself from this case” and that “he is granted a new trial”.
*/From the Congressional Black Caucus letter to Attorney General Janet
Reno, initiated by Congressman Chaka Fattah, on June 30, 1995.
/*

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