[Ppnews] Congress condemns Mumia Abu Jamal

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Fri Dec 8 17:21:54 EST 2006


THE MOBILIZATION TO FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL
298 VALENCIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103
415-255-1085     12/7/06

MEDIA RELEASE/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES TO CONDEMN INNOCENT DEATH ROW INMATE
MUMIA ABU-JANAL

HOUSE VOTE OF 368-31, WITH EIGHT MEMBERS VOTING NOT PRESENT, ASKS FRENCH
GOVERNMENT TO INTERVENE AGAINST CITY OF ST. DENIS (A SUBURB NORTH OF OF
PARIS), TO RETRACT DECISION TO NAME STREET IN HOROR OF INNOCENT DEATH ROW
INMAE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

HOUSE DECISION CONSTITUTES AN UNPRECEDENTED INTERVENTION INTO THE
PROCEEDINGS OF THE U.S. CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

SAN FRANCISCO CONGRESSWOMAN NANCY PELOSI JOINS IN VOTE TO CONDEMN ABU-JAMAL

CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE VOTES AGAINST CONDEMNATION

MUMIA SUPPORTERS TO PICKET PELOSI OFFICES IN SAN FRANCISCO

PRESS CONFERENCE AND PICKET, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
12 NOON
FEDERAL BUILDING, 450 GOLDEN GATE
SAN FRANCISCO

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ABU-JAMAL
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On December 6, in a non-binding vote, the U.S. House of Representatives
intervened in pending FEDERAL litigation in the case of Pennsylvania death
row inmate, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

By a non-binding vote of 368-31 a motion introduced by two
Philadelphia-area congresspeople was approaved demanding that the French
government intervence to pressure the Parisian suburb of St. Denis to
reverse an earlier decision to name a street, Rue Mumia Abu-Jamal, honoring
a man who they believe did not receivce a fair trial in the United Street.
The City of St. Denis last week refused to change its decision.

An earlier decision of the City of Paris itself granted Abu-Jamal honorary
citizenship, the first such honor bestowed since it was granted to Pablo
Picasso in 1967.

French President Jacques Chirac has also added his name to the long list of
international and U.S. leaders who have condemed the 1982 frame-up trial of
Abu-Jamal.

The decision by the House of Representatives constitutes a direct
intervention into the legal proceedings presently underway in the U.S.

Abu-Jamal's case is slated for oral arguments before the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit. This court, reversing previous rulings of
the Federal District Court, granted Abu-Jamal two additional certificates
of appealability to challenge racial bias in his trial and improper
instructions ot the jury. Abu-Jamal's appeal also includes a challenge to
the exclusion of 11 of 14 Black jurors.

The State of Pennsylvania is appealing before the same court, seeking a
reinstitution of the dealth penalty.

Abu-Jamals's lead attorney, Robert R. Bryan has repeatedly stated that the
gross violations of  his client's constituitional rights will result in a
new trial and freedom for a man whose fight for life and justice is today
supported by groups ranging from the Congresssional Black Caucus, the
NAACP, the city councils of San Francisco and Detroit, the 1.8 million
member California Labor Federation, the European Parliament, the National
Conference of Black Elected Officials and other organizations representing
hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

"The House action" said Pam Africa, chair of the International Family and
Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and just returned from Paris, "is designed to
weigh in on and promote an atmosphere in the U.S. judiciary that is
prejudicial to Mumia's receiving any form of justice today."

Several leaders in the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal will be present at the
Tuesday, December 12 Federal Building protest against the vote of
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

Issued by: The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Jeff Mackler and Laura Herrera, Co-coordinators
12-7-06

WASHINGTON - House members last night passed a resolution
denouncing a French city for naming a street in  honor of
convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

"We must stand together as one and send a strong message to the
world that cop-killers deserve to be punished, not to be
celebrated," said Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), the Bucks County
congressman who wrote the resolution.

The vote came a few days shy of the 25th anniversary of the
slaying of Daniel Faulkner, a 25-year-old officer shot after he
pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother on Dec. 9, 1981. Abu-Jamal, a
onetime radio reporter and former Black Panther, was convicted in
1982 and sentenced to death.

Abu-Jamal's writings and taped speeches on the justice system
have made him a cause celebre among Hollywood activists, foreign
politicians, and some death-penalty opponents who believe he was the
victim of a racist justice system.

In December 2001, a federal judge overturned Abu-Jamal's death
sentence but upheld his conviction. Both sides have appealed that
ruling.

In April, a street in St. Denis, a suburb in France just north of
Paris, was named after Abu-Jamal.

The vote was symbolic, since the U.S. Senate is not expected to
take up the measure before Congress adjourns this week.

The police union in Philadelphia sent a representative to
Washington on Wednesday and watched the vote closely, especially
that of Rep. Chaka Fattah, a candidate for Philadelphia mayor. The
union has promised to work against Fattah in the 2007 Democratic
primary, because he supports giving Abu-Jamal a new trial.

Fattah said in a statement that despite being unconvinced that
justice was served in the case, he voted for the resolution because
"anyone who stands convicted of so terrible an offense is an affront
to those who risk their lives on a daily basis to serve."









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