[Pnews] Major Breakthrough in Mumia Abu Jamal Case - Call to Action. Contact Philadelphia DA

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 From: Info Mumia <infomumia at gmail.com>


December 29, 2018

Dear Comrades and Friends Across the Globe:

On December 27, 2018, in a historic action, Court of Common Pleas Judge
Leon Tucker granted Mumia’s petition for new appeal rights, over the
opposition of “progressive DA” Larry Krasner.

This is the first Pennsylvania state court decision in Mumia’s favor
since he was arrested on December 9, 1981.  The new appeals ordered by
Judge Tucker open the door to Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom. The legal
claims and supporting evidence, previously denied in the PA Supreme
Court with Justice Ronald Castille’s participation, warrant a
dismissal of the frame-up charges that have kept Mumia imprisoned for 37
years, or, at the very least, a new trial.

It is critical that Mumia can go forward immediately with these
appeals. However, DA Larry Krasner has the authority to appeal Judge
Tucker’s decision. Krasner’s position, to the surprise of many who
had described him as the “new kind” of district attorney, more bent
toward justice than mere conviction, with a history of defending
dissident activists, been adamant in his opposition to Mumia’
petition.  His legal filings, court arguments, and his statements on
public radio have all argued that there is no evidence of Justice
Castille’s bias or the appearance of impropriety when he refused to
recuse himself in Mumia’s PA Supreme Court appeals from 1998-2012 (!).

If the prosecution appeals, there will follow years of legal
proceedings on the validity of Judge Tucker’s order before Mumia can
begin the new appeal process challenging his conviction. .Mumia is now
64 years old. He has cirrhosis of the liver from the years of untreated
hepatitis C. He still suffers from continuing itching from the skin
ailment which is a secondary symptom of the hep-C. Mumia now has
glaucoma and is receiving treatment. He has been imprisoned for almost
four decades.  An extended appeals process coming at the age of 64 to a
person whose health had already been seriously compromised is the
equivalent of a death sentence by continued incarceration.

We are asking you to join us in demanding that Larry Krasner stop acting
in league with the Fraternal Order of Police. Mumia should be freed from
prison, now!  We are asking you to call, email or tweet DA Larry Krasner
TODAY and tell him: DO NOT Appeal Judge Tucker’s Decision Granting New
Rights of Appeal to Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In his decision, Judge Tucker ruled that former PA Supreme Court Justice
Ronald Castille, who was the District Attorney during Mumia’s first
appeal of his frame-up conviction and death sentence, had “created the
appearance of bias and impropriety” in the appeal process when he
didn’t recuse himself from participating in Mumia’s appeals. Judge
Tucker relied heavily on Ronald Castille’s public statements bragging
that he would be a “law and order” judge, that he was responsible
for putting 45 men on death row, that he had the political and financial
support of the Fraternal Order of Police, and in recently discovered new
evidence that Castille had particularly campaigned for immediate death
warrants of convicted “police killers”.  Judge Tucker states
unequivocally that the appearance of bias and lack of “judicial
neutrality” exhibited by Castille warranted his recusal.

Judge Tucker’s order throws out the PA Supreme Court decisions from
1998-2012 that rubber-stamped Mumia’s racially-biased,
politically-motivated murder conviction on frame-up charges of the
shooting death of police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Judge Tucker’s decision means that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s
post-conviction appeals of his 1982 conviction must be reheard in the PA
appeals court. In those appeals Mumia’s lawyers proved that Mumia was
framed by police and prosecution who manufactured evidence of guilt and
suppressed the proof of his innocence. And, he was tried by a racist,
pro-prosecution trial judge, Albert Sabo, who declared to another judge,
“I’m gonna help them fry the n----r” and denied Mumia his due
process trial rights.

We can win Mumia’s freedom! We have a legal opening. It is our
opportunity to push forward to see Mumia walk out of prison! The
international campaign for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom has launched a
new offensive. At the top of its actions is this call for letters and
phone calls to DA Larry Krasner demanding he _NOT_ appeal Judge
Tucker’s order granting new appeal rights to Mumia Abu-Jamal.  Please
take this action today.  Please send us back your name so we can compile
a list of international signers.  Also, no matter how many letters for
Mumia you have signed in the past year or two, please sign this one as
well.  The moment is different, and the demand of Krasner is different.
We want all possible supporters included.


            PHONE: (215) 686-8000;

PHILA, PA 19107


In solidarity and toward Mumia’s freedom,

(Initiated by all the US based Mumia support organizations)

International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal; The MOVE
Organization; Educators for Mumia; International Action Center;
Mobilization for Mumia; Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC); Campaign
to Bring Mumia Home; Committee to Save Mumia; Prison Radio, Labor Action
Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oakland; Oakland Teachers for Mumia;
Workers World/Mundo Obrero

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