[Pnews] Habeas Petitions Filed To Free Move Members Janet and Janine Africa

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  Habeas Petitions Filed To Free Move Members Janet and Janine Africa

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October 04, 2018

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Today, the Abolitionist Law Center 
<http://abolitionistlawcenter.org/>and the Peoples Law Office 
<https://peopleslawoffice.com/>filed Habeas motions in theUnited States 
District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 
<http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/>on behalf of Janet Hollaway Africa 
<http://abolitionistlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Memorandum-of-Law.pdf>and 
Janine Phillips Africa 
<http://abolitionistlawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Brief-in-Support-of-Habeas-Janine.pdf>of 
theMOVE 9 
<http://abolitionistlawcenter.org/2018/06/18/media-release-move-member-debbie-africa-released-on-parole-after-over-39-years-in-prison/>, 
to appeal the decision of thePennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole 
(board) <https://www.bop.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx>to deny them parole 
in May of 2018. Despite maintaining favorable recommendations and 
receiving no disciplinary infractions for decades, Janet and Janine were 
denied parole even though others similarly situated were released by the 
board.

In May of 2018, the board ruled the petitioners should not be granted 
parole due to their lack of remorse, minimization of the offenses 
committed, and an unfavorable recommendation of the prosecutor.  One of 
the many issues the petitioners, through their attorneys, raise is the 
erroneous justifications used to deny them parole because the board’s 
false allegations are contradicted in the record.  While the board 
stated there was opposition to their release, there was in fact support 
from the district attorney’s office. As such the motion argues the board 
violated substantive due process rights of Janet and Janine by denying 
them appeal for reasons that do not include rehabilitative and deterrent 
purposes. Not only do the petitioners have a favorable recommendation in 
support of their release, they also have family and community support, 
employment options, and access to stable housing. Moreover, the 
petitioners have accepted responsibility for their actions before the 
board, in their community,and with their advocacy works.

    The Parole Board’s decision to deny Janet and Janine was completely
    arbitrary and lacked any rational basis. The justifications provided
    by the Board are contradicted by the evidence, including the false
    claim that the District Attorney’s Office opposed parole. Janet and
    Janine are well deserving of parole-DOC staff describe both women as
    model prisoners, they have not had a disciplinary incident in
    decades and they’ve both participated in community fundraisers, the
    dog training program and other social programs inside of prison. ~
    Attorney Brad Thomson

In addition to Janet, Janine and Mike Sr., three other members of the 
MOVE 9 remain incarcerated, as two died in custody. During the August 8, 
1978 altercation, a Philadelphia police officer was killed and following 
a highly politicized trial, the MOVE 9 were convicted of third-degree 
homicide. All nine were sentenced to 30-100 years in prison. The six 
surviving members of the MOVE 9 are all eligible for parole.

Contact

Brad Thomson, People’s Law Office, 773.235.0070 ext. 123, 
BradJayThomson at gmail.com

Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center, 412.654.9070, 
bretgrote at abolitionistlawcenter.org

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