[Pnews] Mumia Abu-Jamal: After 34 years of wrongful incarceration, showdown in federal court Dec. 18 over access to Hep C cure

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Dec 14 12:43:53 EST 2015


    Mumia Abu-Jamal: After 34 years of wrongful incarceration, showdown
    in federal court Dec. 18 over access to Hep C cure
    <http://sfbayview.com/2015/12/mumia-abu-jamal-after-34-years-of-wrongful-incarceration-showdown-in-federal-court-dec-18-over-access-to-hep-c-cure/>

December 12, 2015
*http://sfbayview.com/2015/12/mumia-abu-jamal-after-34-years-of-wrongful-incarceration-showdown-in-federal-court-dec-18-over-access-to-hep-c-cure/*
*/by the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, Coalition to Free Mumia, 
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and MOVE/*

In Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 2015, supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal marked 
his 34th year of wrongful incarceration with a freedom honk on the west 
side of City Hall, a teach-in on his case and medical condition and a 
screening of the film, “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.” 
Simultaneous demonstrations were held at the Harlem State Office 
Building on 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell in New York and in 
Mexico City, Paris and Heidelberg, Germany, among other cities around 
the world.

Finally, on Dec. 18, we have a rare, one-time opportunity to get Mumia 
the medical attention he desperately needs. U.S. Federal District Court 
Judge Robert Mariani will conduct an extensive public hearing on Mumia’s 
medical crisis and has asked for testimony from Mumia. Credit for this 
victory is due in no small part to the public outcry.

According to Pam Africa, “The fact that the judge has asked for 
testimony from Mumia at this hearing is a victory. Our consistent 
protests, here and around the world, against the inhumane denial of 
proper medical treatment for Mumia and others who our being sickened by 
the prisons are being heard.”

Our attorneys and the attorneys of Department of Corrections will 
present arguments. Our attorneys will argue that Mumia has the right to 
immediate life-saving treatment for his chronic and active Hepatitis C. 
The other side will insist that treatment be withheld until the final 
stages of the condition.

“It took an informal visit from a movement doctor to determine the cause 
of Mumia’s medical crisis. That doctor determined, just by eyeballing 
Mumia, that the problem was his untreated chronic and active Hepatitis 
C. But now the Department of Corrections is withholding treatment until 
the final stages of the condition – in other words, until it’s too late 
to save him,” said Johanna Fernandez of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

“A legal victory in Mumia’s medical case will also be a victory for the 
other 10,000 Pennsylvania prisoners afflicted by Hepatitis C, who have 
filed a class action suit,” said Suzanne Ross of the Free Mumia 
Abu-Jamal Coalition in New York City.

Please join us in and outside of the court in Scranton, Penn., on 
Friday, Dec. 18. A bus and caravans will be leaving New York at 5:45 
a.m. from Local 1199, 310 West 43rd St., and rides will also be 
available from Philadelphia. The hearing will be held in the William J. 
Nealon Federal Building, 235 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, Penn. 18503.

To secure a spot and for tickets, please email us immediately with your 
name and contact info at bringmumiahome at gmail.com 
<mailto:bringmumiahome at gmail.com>. You can also call 212-330-8029. We 
will remain in Scranton until the court hearing has ended for the day, 
probably at 4 or 5 o’clock.

“Mumia Abu Jamal was viciously attacked and framed by the Philadelphia 
police 34 years ago, but in light of the current attention on police 
violence and corruption across the nation, the truth in this case will 
surface among a new generation of freedom fighters. Our work is not done 
until he is released,” said Ramona Africa, survivor of the MOVE bombing 
of 1985.

Immediately after the end of Abu-Jamal’s trial in 1982, 15 of the 35 
police officers who collected evidence at the crime scene of Officer 
Daniel Faulkner’s shooting were convicted and jailed on charges that 
included graft, corruption and tampering with evidence to obtain 
convictions in hundreds of other cases. Chief Inspector Alfonzo 
Giordano, who led the crime scene investigation in Mumia’s case, was 
among those officers. But the jury that heard Mumia’s trial was not 
aware of these rampant police practices, so they believed what the 
police said at trial.

The photographs of the crime scene taken by freelance photographer Pedro 
Polakoff, discovered in 2006, demonstrate the illegal methods employed 
by the police in the Abu-Jamal case. In Polakoff’s photos, Officer James 
Forbes, who testified in court that he properly handled the two guns 
allegedly retrieved at the Faulkner crime scene, is seen holding the 
weapons with bare hands.


      Finally, we have a rare, one-time opportunity to get Mumia the
      medical attention he desperately needs. Please join us in and
      outside of the court in Scranton, Penn., on Friday, Dec. 18.

In 1995, an investigation of the Philadelphia police department 
discovered that practices like these were widespread in Philadelphia. 
Amidst the scandal, former Philly District Attorney Lynne Abraham told 
the Legal Intelligencer that her office would “discard any cases where 
evidence surfaces that even one of the officers involved in an 
investigation lied in court or in written reports.”

Because of the uninterrupted history of judicial and prosecutorial 
corruption and police conspiracy in this case and because of widespread 
evidence of Mumia’s innocence, his supporters call on officials of 
Philadelphia to make good on Lynne Abraham’s promise through the 
immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

-- 
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://freedomarchives.org/pipermail/ppnews_freedomarchives.org/attachments/20151214/c18de094/attachment.html>


More information about the PPnews mailing list