[Pnews] Conspiratorial Posture By The District Attorney 's Office Aimed At Move

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      Conspiratorial Posture By The District Attorney 's Office Aimed At

July 28, 2014


The MOVE ORGANIZATION  surfaced in the early 1970's, we initiated 
hundreds of peaceful demonstrations against institutions that exploit , 
abuse,and murder children, The elderly, animals, and the environment . 
We brought out in the open the abusive state owned and privately run 
homes for orphaned/problem children, and the infirm elderly , we 
protested animal experimental laboratories ,big industrial corporations 
that poison the air, water,and soil daily. We went into each  situation 
equipped with our belief  THE TEACHING OF JOHN AFRICA  to right the 
wrong that was being done, which no one could refute. The people running 
these institutions would call the cops on us and they would 
automatically take sides with these institutions and physically assault 
MOVE People.
They would lock us up , beat us up and put all kinds of trumped up 
charges on us to keep us in jail.This is  how MOVE first got involved 
with the police and court system. MOVE  spoke out against the abuse, 
successfully bringing attention on police brutality in Philadelphia . 
The police began a concerted campaign of harassment and abuse against 
MOVE . This is when the conspiracy against MOVE started . Between 
1973-1977 , MOVE people were arrested and beaten hundreds of times ,MOVE 
  women were beaten into miscarriages , five of our babies were murdered .

1974- District Attorney  Emmet Fitzpatrick refused to accept our 
complaints filed by MOVE concerning the assault and abuse by police 
officers, he said the charges were unfounded and invalid.
This made it necessary for MOVE to take a serious protective stand to 
defend ourselves against any further bloody beatings,miscarriages ,or 
murdered babies by the hands of the cops.

May 20th 1977 -Move initiated a demonstration on the platform we built 
in front of our house , and told officials over a loud speaker , that 
there will be no more sneak attacks , no more babies murdered , by cops, 
no more unjust imprisonment by prosecutors and judges and no more Move 
men, women, and children brutalized  from now on if there was any 
beating murdering injustice done to Move be prepared to do it out in the 
open , in full sight of  the public for the whole world to see. We took 
the posture of  self defense . The police department did not try to 
attack us or come in our home to arrest us the way they always did 
before  when they saw we were defenseless. From that day on , our house 
was surrounded and kept under a close 24 hour surveillance so we 
couldn't leave the house without being arrested on trumped up charges.

May 20th 1977- police commissioner , Joseph o'Neil stated publicly that 
it is not a crime for Move to have weapons on our own property .

May 24th 1977-  Commissioner O'Neil contradicted his self by getting 
judge Lynn Abraham to issue arrest warrants for Move Members on weapons 

November 1977 - District Attorney  Ed Rendell failed to prosecute Move 
within the 180 day time limit  of the warrants being issued on May 24th 
,also failed to file a timely request for  the extension of rule 1100 . 
According to legal law , The District was  supposed to lose the 
authority  to prosecute the defendent in violation of rule 1100.

November 21st 1977- Assistant District Attorney Wilhelm Knauer and John 
Straub,filed for an extension of rule 1100 that had expired on November 
12th ,1977. The request should have been meaningless yet it was accepted 
by the legal system and later ruled on by Judge Edward Blake in
February of 1978.  Judge Blake gave The District Attorney until 90 days 
after the actual arrest  of Move People to begin prosecution , this 
legal contradiction is compounded by Judge Blake because he accepted 
  The District Attorney's untimely request and granted The District 
Attorney an extension of time. Judge Blake ruled untimely petition when 
no Move people or delegate was present to represent Move's interest . 
District Attorney Rendell through Knauer and Straub said Move could be 
prosecuted within 180 days because Move was barricaded within Move 
Headquaters but Rendell knew this could not excuse him from filing a 
timely request for an extension of rule 1100 , as legal laws state. Sue 
Africa who was involved in The May 20th ,1977 confrontation was arrested 
on June 12th 1977 and was in prison the entire time, not Move 
Headquaters yet District Attorney  Rendell through his assistance Knauer 
and Straub failed to prosecute Sue by by November 12th 1977 or file a 
timely request for extension of rule 1100.

March ,1978 -Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo and District Attorney Ed 
Rendell got a court order from The Pennsylvania Supreme Court to 
institute a starvation blockade -the city cordoned off a 3 block radius 
around the house , they turned off water and denied us access to food, 
They arrested  anybody who got caught trying to give us food and water. 
There were pregnant women and breast feeding babies and young children 
in the house along with the adults.After so much pressure from the 
public the city officials began mediation efforts which resulted in a 
ten point agreement proposed to Move.

May of 1978 - Weapons were turned over to the city , the police searched 
our house ,no weapons were found , Once examined , All the weapons were 
found to be inoperable . Move people were processed on the weapons 
charges stemming from May 20th 1977 confrontation.. Before Move was 
processed on these charges the city agreed to release all Move Political 
Prisoners and drop all outstanding charges within 4-6 weeks.

May 8 th, 1978 After 55 Days , the starvation blockade was lifted .

May 19th 1978 After the agreement was finalized , the city insisted that 
Move not come to court .Attorney Oscar Gaskins went to court on Move's 

Judge Dibona's order of May 3,1978 said Move People was to vacate Move 
Headquaters within 90 days. Move never agreed to this.District Attorney 
Ed Rendell , publicly stated that all outstanding charges against Move 
People would be dismissed. And we would be released on our own 
recognizance within 4-6 weeks of the cities agreement ,but when Move was 
processed on those weapons charges , the case was listed for June 13th 
,1978 ,before Judge Smith . Contradicting the 4 to 6 weeks dismissal of 
charges stated by District Attorney Rendell. Judge Smith denied all 
pretrial motions raised on behalf of Move including the motion to 
dismiss the case under rule 1100. He continued the weapons case until 
August 9 th, 1978 for trial before Judge William Marutani.

July 1978 - District Attorney  Ed Rendell ,through his Assistant 
District Attorneys's ,Knauer and Straub requested Judge Blake reconsider 
his five month old February ruling on the Da's petition to extend rule 
1100. Judge Blake reconsidered his February order and extended the 
deadline for trying Move until November ,1978.

August 2,1978, Police Inspector George Fencl went to Judge Dibona ,a 
civil Judge who was also involved with the cities agreement and 
testified to seeing three Move People still at The Move House.Move never 
agreed to leave Move Headquaters and there was never an eviction order 
for Move to vacate . Legal Law states that a defendant is supposed to 
get at least 20 days notice of a hearing but this was contradicted by 
the legal system in Judge Dibona who summoned 20 Move People to come 
before him that same afternoon to show cause why he should not hold Move 
in civil contempt for staying in Move Headquaters past August 1st , 1978.

Judge Dibona's legal contradictions were further revealed when he issued 
further fraudulent criminal warrants on Move People knowing he had no 
jurisdiction over the criminal litigation. Judge Dibona issued bail 
warrants for Move People with the court numbers of the weapons case from 
May 20th 1977 , knowing the case was under Judge Marutani's jurisdiction 
. District Attorney Ed Rendell assistant's Knauer and Straub, who made 
up the warrants knew Dibona had no jurisdiction over the matter . Judge 
Dibona claimed the issue was Move People refusing to leave Move 
Headquaters ,but it is clear that the issue was not Move Headquaters or 
Move refusing to leave because Dibona knowing issued fraudulent warrants 
for two Move People he knew was in Richmond Virginia not in Philadelphia 
.After August 8th 1978 ,he did not revoke the criminal warrants he 
issued on Alberta, Dennis,Carlos,Frank,and Raymond Africa even though 
they knew he was not in the house.The District Attorney along with the 
rest of these gangsters was only concerned with killing Move off ,even 
if they had to violate legal laws to do it.

August 8th 1978 3:00 in the morning city officials came to our house 
with warrants to arrest all occupants of the house. These warrants were 
issued by Judge Fred Dibona , he said Move Violated a August 2nd 1978 
civil court order by not appearing . Over 600 cops, k9, the fire 
department,came to our house armed with machine guns , Uzi rifles,,mini 
rugers, all types of automatic and semi automatic weapons,  they came 
with a tank , a crane, bulldozers,deluged water cannons, tear gas,smoke 
bombs,and grenades and the intent to kill. In their frenzy to kill Move 
,they wounded and killed their own cop. Move was arraigned on charges of 
assault ,attempted murder, and the murder of a police officer. On August 
8th 1978  The Philadelphia officials destroyed physical evidence in a 
serious murder trial when they demolished The Move House. It is an 
automatic legal procedure to protect the scene of the crime. Despite 
this obvious historical procedure The District Attorney's Office, The 
Police Department, and The Judges twisted this procedure in the face of 
the world , then told people we had a fair trial.

District Attorney's Wilhelm Knauer and John Straub  tried to lay ground 
work during the beginning of the trial , to use The May 20th 1977 
demonstration as evidence to say Move conspired to kill cops on August 
8th 1978 . The District Attorney's first witness Dr. Robert Catherman, 
Assistant Medical Examiner who took part in the autopsy of Officer James 
Ramp , said Ramp's death was caused by a single gunshot wound at the 
upper left side at the top of the chest, below the collar bone. He said 
  in the post mortem report the word right appeared in three places 
where it should have said left. He said he called the discrepancy with 
the report , to the attention of assistant District Attorney Knauer 
shortly before the hearing. District Attorney Knauer , changed the 
official report presented in court ,shortly before the hearing Knauer 
penciled in a L   Over the top of the words right. Which caused a 
discrepancy with the report, pertaining to the entry wound and the 
course of the bullet that killed Ramp. Charges were not brought against 
Knauer and he was not sent to jail for tampering with evidence. 
  District Attorney Knauer tampered with evidence in a serious murder 
case where people's freedom was at stake. The police Department was to 
investigate Ramp's death , a ballistics test was to be conducted by 
police personnel and a autopsy by the city medical examiner as a result 
of the discrepancy  of the medical report. John White , a spokesman for 
District Attorney Ed Rendell , said prosecution of Move People will be 
made a lot more difficult because the house was destroyed and their was 
no way to determine the path or course of the bullet that killed  Ramp.

District Attorney's Knauer and Straub was allowed by Judge Merna 
Marshall to use pictures and diagrams of The Move House as evidence 
against us because they had destroyed necessary physical evidence , 
meanwhile this is the same judge who ruled pictures of a three week old 
Move baby killed by police March 6th,1976 could not be used as evidence 
against the police.District Attorney Knauer tried to imply that the 
weapon that killed Ramp was supposedly confiscated from Move 
Headquaters,it later came out in court that police had used the same 
type of weapons  that day of the raid. The test of the bullet fragment 
taken from Ramp's body was determined inconclusive and incomplete 
because their was not enough bullet fragment to prove which gun the 
bullet came from.
According to every account , the fatal bullet that killed Ramp traveled 
downward. It is impossible for somebody in the basement to shoot 
somebody standing over them on street level and have the bullet travel 
downwards. The District Attorney's Office , The City had an obvious 
conspiracy which is proven in these noted facts . It should be clear 
that it is impossible for The District Attorney or The City Of 
Philadelphia to conduct and unbiased investigation of Move or itself.

May 1980 - 9 Move Members found guilty of 3rd degree murder, Criminal 
Attempted Murder,and Criminal Conspiracy.

August 4th 1981 -  9 Move Members were sentenced to 30-100 years in 
prison by Judge Edwin Malmed. Move have been in prison now for 36 years 
for a crime we didn't commit. No Cops, District Attorney's, Judges or 
City Officials have ever been held accountable for the unjustified 
beating, Jailing, and Murders of innocent Move Men, Women, and Children 
including The May 13th 1985 bombing and murdering of 11 innocent Move 
Members. Even with documented proof that the city officials abetted by 
the cops, and the Da's and judges deliberately plotted, planned and 
conspired to murder Move People.The Philadelphia District Attorney's 
  May 13th 1985 investigation refused to indite any state or city 
officials. Reports of the investigation turned over to District Attorney 
Ronald Castille were never turned over to the Federal Grand Jury..

The Parole Board is another agency added in the conspiracy against Move. 
Move people became eligible for release in 2008 after spending 30 years 
in prison, but we were denied parole and have been denied every year 
since , and not eligible to see the parole board until 2016 eight years 
after our minimum.

Janet Africa
Move Political Prisoner
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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