[Pnews] Life Saving Treatment for Mumia Abu Jamal to Begin!
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Fri Mar 31 18:24:21 EDT 2017
Life Saving Treatment for Mumia to Begin!
*When we fight, we win!*
Noelle Hanrahan, P.I.
prisonradio at gmail.com
*_BREAKING NEWS: The Department of Corrections (DOC) told Mumia today
that they will provide him with the hepatitis C fast-acting antiviral
treatment beginning next week. In Court the DOC filed a status report
today declaring that they were going to treat Mumia._ This treatment
consists of one pill per day for 12-24 weeks, and has over a 90% cure
*To put it plainly- we did it.*
Exactly two years ago yesterday, Mumia was critically ill in renal
failure at the Pennsylvania Schuylkilll Medical Center. He and his
family, friends, lawyers, and world-wide supporters have been waging a
heroic fight for hepatitis C treatment ever since.
For the last 53 days, the DOC, prison medical staff, and Legal
Department have stood in contempt of court following the order to treat
Mumia. The DOC in defiance of the Injunction filed a stay, hoping the
3^rd Circuit Court of Appeals would bail them out and block Mumia's
*On Monday**, the DOC lost their 3rd circuit appeal*. In an order signed
by Judge Ambrose, the United States 3^rd Circuit Court of Appeals
denied the DOC's request to withhold treatment from Mumia. The court
upheld the preliminary injunction order, issued on 1/3/17, by District
Judge Robert Mariani ordering the treatment. On two occasions, the 3^rd
Circuit Courts have ruled that the Pennsylvania DOC “protocol” for
treating hep C is unconstitutional and violates the 8^th Amendment.
*_Mumia's attorneys in /Abu-Jamal vs. Wetzel/, Bret Grote and Robert
Boyle, have not only succeeded in getting Mumia the hepatitis C cure,
but have also paved the way for over 200 people in Pennsylvania prisons
to receive hep C treatment this year!_ *Thousands more people who are at
great risk from Hep C complications in prison will be able to receive
treatment because of this “first of its kind” federal court order
victory establishing a right to hep C treatment for prisoners.
That is the good news.
*_The bad news is that Mumia has not been treated and is sicker._ *Mumia
was told that he now has an F4 score, meaning cirrhosis of the liver.
This progression of liver damage is a direct consequence of being denied
treatment for two years, and has increased the possibility of other
health complications and potential for liver cancer.
*We must stay vigilant. We must insist that the treatment be given and
completed in full, and we need to support the lawsuits /Abu-Jamal vs.
Kerestes/ and /Abu-Jamal vs. Wetzel/ as they continue to hold the
Pennsylvania DOC accountable. *
On April 24, Mumia will be in court on his original criminal conviction
in the case /Cook v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, /in the Common
Pleas Court of Philadelphia, presiding Judge Leon Tucker. Mumia has been
in prison for 36 years too many- 29 of which were spent on death row.
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