[Pnews] Lawsuit seeks attorney and family access to Mumia Abu-Jamal

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon May 18 17:17:38 EDT 2015

  *Lawsuit seeks attorney and family*

  *access to Mumia Abu-Jamal*

*May 18, 2015: This morning attorneys for political prisoner Mumia 
Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal 
court seeking immediate access to their client, who has been held 
virtually incommunicado at the Geisinger Medical Center since Tuesday, 
May 12. Abu-Jamal has been denied all communication with his attorneys 
since that time.*

Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and Robert Boyle, attorneys 
for Abu-Jamal, are plaintiffs in the action along with Abu-Jamal.**A 
motion for preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order was 
filed with the lawsuit asking that the court issue an order granting 
Abu-Jamal visitation with his attorneys and wife, Wadiya Jamal.

On Tuesday May 12th in the evening Mumia was taken from the prison 
infirmary to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Since that night 
he has not been allowed any visits and has been prevented by the 
hospital and the PA DOC from his constitutionally protected access to 
the courts and counsel. In addition, his immediate family members have 
been prevented from visiting him.

*This legal action seeks to immediately restore Mr. Abu-Jamal's 
constitutional right to access the courts.*

Bret Grote notes: "The DOC is once again demonstrating its contempt for 
human rights and proper health care by holding Mumia Abu-Jamal 
incommunicado from his family and lawyers. Instead of recognizing the 
value of family support and legal consultation in protecting and 
improving his health, the DOC is treating Mumia like a piece of property 
that it can withhold access to and information about arbitrarily and 
with impunity."

According to Abu-Jamal’s attorney, Robert Boyle, The immediate relatives 
of a prisoner have a right to know the medical status of their loved 
ones in the case of hospitalization; and all prisoners have a right to 
communicate with their attorney, especially in case of an emergency. 
That my client and his family have been deprived of these rights is a 
constitutional violation."

Bret Grote bretgrote at abolitionistlawcenter.org 
<mailto:bretgrote at abolitionistlawcenter.org>
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