[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Legal Team Files for Immediate Treatment & Injunctive Relief

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Legal Team Files for Immediate Treatment & Injunctive 
Relief

August 25, 2015Press Release:

<mailto:info at prisonradio.org>

Medical Neglect nearly killed Abu-Jamal in March; Now the DOC refuses 
lifesaving treatment

August24,2015:AttorneysforpoliticalprisonerMumiaAbu-Jamalfiledamotionforpreliminary<http://www.prisonradio.org/sites/default/files/letters/pdf/PreliminaryInjunction8-24-15Abu-JamalvKerestes.pdf>injunction<http://www.prisonradio.org/sites/default/files/letters/pdf/PreliminaryInjunction8-24-15Abu-JamalvKerestes.pdf>in“Abu-Jamalvs.Kerestes”todaywithJudgeRobertMarianiin 
theMiddleDistrictof 
Pennsylvaniaseekingafederalcourtordertoensurethatprisonmedicalstaffprovide 
immediatelife- 
savinghepatitisCtreatmenttoMumiaAbu-Jamal.Abu-JamalisincarceratedatSCIMahanoyinFrackvillePA.Pleaseseetoday’sfilingshereaswellasthefirstamendedcomplainthere. 
<https://abolitionistlawcenter.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/abu-jamal-v-kerestes-et-al-amended-complaint.pdf>

PennsylvaniaDepartmentofCorrections(DOC)medicalstaffandDOCcounselhaverefusedAbu-Jamal’s 
demandfortreatmentand 
deniedlettersfromhislawyersandindependentdoctorsdocumentingthe 
criticalneedforimmediatetreatment.Medicallynecessarytreatmentfor 
hepatitisCconsistsofnew 
antiviraldrugsthathavea95%curerate,andconsistsofonepillperdayoverthecourseof12weeks 
with minimalsideeffects.

BloodtestsforthehepatitisCviralloaddonein 
JulyattheinsistenceofAbu-Jamal,hislawyers,and 
consultingdoctorshaveconfirmedthatAbu-JamalhasactivehepatitisC,whichismostlikelythe 
underlyingcauseofhisyear-long,escalatinghealthcrisis.

MumiaAbu-Jamalremainsweakandsickin 
theprisoninfirmary.Heiscurrentlynotreceivingtreatment 
forapersistentanddebilitatingskinconditionthatisitchyandpainful.Mr.Abu-Jamalhasalready 
sufferedtwohospitalizations,oneanearfatalepisodeafterSCIMahanoy’smedicalstaffrefusedtotreat 
or 
evenmonitorhisdramaticanddangerouslyexcessivebloodglucoselevel,leadingtodiabeticshock. 
Everydaythatmedicallyindicatedtreatmentisdeniedcarriesthesignificantriskofcontinuedand 
irreversibleinjury.

Background:

OnMarch30,2015,Abu-Jamalwasrushedtothehospitalafterlosingconsciousnessandgoinginto 
diabeticshock.AlthoughprisonmedicalstaffwasawarethatAbu-Jamalhadadangerouslyhighblood 
glucoselevelof419onMarch6,theyfailedtotreat,monitor,oreveninformAbu-Jamalofhiscondition. 
GlucoselevelslikethosethatAbu-Jamalhadcanresultindiabeticshock,diabeticcoma,anddeath.

Abu-Jamal’sdiabeticshockcameinthemidstofanescalatingyear-longhealthcrisisthatbeganwitha 
rashin 
August2014.Theskinconditiongrewinintensityoverthecourseofthenextseveralmonths, 
eventuallycoveringmostof hisbodywithapainful,severerashthatisresistantto 
conventional treatments.Theskinconditionisabnormalin 
itsdurationandintensity,andhasledtolesions,open wounds,andswelling.

HepatitisC:

AdvancesinHepatitisCtreatmentinrecentyearshaverevolutionizedthewaythediseaseistreated,with 
newdirect-actinganti-viralmedicationsthathavehad 
over95%successratesincuringtheillnessin 
clinicaltrials.Themedications,however,areextraordinarilyexpensiveintheUnitedStatesdueto 
monopolypricingpracticesbythepharmaceuticalcompaniesthathavepatentedthem.

ThePennsylvaniaDepartmentofCorrectionshasyettopromulgateanewprotocolfortreatingHepatitis 
Cwiththenewmedications,meaningthattheestimated10,000-pluspeopleinDOCcustodywhohave 
HepatitisCarenotreceivinganytreatment.

Thisissueisthesubjectofaclassactionlawsuit<https://abolitionistlawcenter.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/chimenti-v-doc.pdfhttps%3A/abolitionistlawcenter.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/chimenti-v-doc.pdf>filedin 
theEasternDistrictofPennsylvaniafederalcourt 
inJune2015.Pleaseseethe1stamendedcomplaintAbu-Jamalvs.Keresteshere.

Abu-JamalisrepresentedbyBretGroteoftheAbolitionistLawCenterandRobertJ.Boyleof 
NewYork

City./LegalDirectorBretGrote/412-654-9070<https://countermail.com/images/blank.png?CMID=cgf9plu0stfblvi1t5kpp6tcj4cjg31u>bretgrote at abolitionistlawcenter.org 
<mailto:bretgrote at abolitionistlawcenter.org>

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