[Pnews] Justice demands Mumia Abu-Jamal's freedom - not continued imprisonment to appease the FOP

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Fri Nov 15 10:46:29 EST 2019


November 15, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEmobilization4Mumia at gmail.com 
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JUSTICE DEMANDS ABU-JAMAL’S FREEDOM - NOT CONTINUED IMPRISONMENT TO 
APPEASE THE F.O.P.

Mumia Abu-Jamal and his supporters are closer than ever to winning his 
release after 38 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The 
Fraternal Order of Police, former district attorneys, and other 
political higher ups who participated in the frame up are now shaking in 
their boots because an innocent man may be given a new trial in which 
judicial, police and prosecutorial misconduct will be exposed.

Formerly hidden evidence disclosed by current District Attorney Larry 
Krasner justifies a new trial and Abu-Jamal’s immediate release. That 
decision is currently in the hands of State Superior Court judges.

Pam Africa, of the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia 
Abu-Jamal and a MOVE member, said “Abu-Jamal should have been released 
by Krasner on the basis of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct--as 
many others have been recently. By doing this,  Krasner would be 
following the color of the law.”

While Maureen Faulkner/Palkovic, widow of Daniel Faulkner, is being put 
forward as the face of the opposition in recent court proceedings, the 
real players behind the scenes are the FOP and their cronies. And they 
are dangerously worried. It is in the interest of the 6500-member FOP 
Lodge 5 to bring down Larry Krasner, the popular new DA with an 
anti-corruption agenda. The FOPs’ campaign is nothing less than an 
effort to terrorize any court official who values justice more than 
letting an unfair conviction stand.

At a Nov. 12 press conference at the FOPs’ lodge, Faulkner claimed “I’m 
here for justice.” In 38 years, Faulkner and the FOP have never fought 
for justice. In fact, the FOP has a decades-long violent and racist 
history of defending every cop accused of police brutality and terror 
against Black and Brown and poor people.

Previous district attorneys were more concerned with getting high rates 
of convictions against African American and Latinx residents than actual 
justice. Their policies resulted in the unfair jailing of innocent 
people like Mumia Abu-Jamal and mass incarceration. “The police at the 
scene, supported by the FOP, also the prosecution under Edward Rendell 
knew that Mumia was innocent. The FOP and Faulkners’ recent attempt to 
remove DA Krasner from Mumia's new appeals is just another cover-up ” 
said Rachel Wolkenstein, longtime Mumia supporter.

The FOP wants Abu-Jamal’s case to be taken from Krasner’s office and 
handled instead by conservative PA Attorney General Joshua Shapiro, who 
has staffed his office with several former assistant DAs fired from the 
Philadelphia DAs office - some of whom were complicit in Mumia’s unfair 
conviction.

DA Krasner says he found potentially damaging evidence about the 
prosecution's trial witnesses in newly discovered files. He believes 
that evidence should be aired in court - but hasn't said if Abu-Jamal 
deserves a new trial.

Abu-Jamal’s attorney Judith Ritter contends that the new evidence shows 
Abu-Jamal’s trial was “fundamentally unfair and tainted by serious 
constitutional violations.”

Abu-Jamal was a well-known political activist when he was severely 
beaten by police and charged with murder in 1981. Questionsthat have 
been suppressed and buried for decades could now could be made public 
for the first time during a new trial:

• DA Joe McGill paid off witnesses with favors and cash.

• McGill allowed a cab-driver witness with a suspended license to keep 
driving. (Photos of the crime scene by the Philadelphia Bulletin prove 
the cabbies’ car was literally not at the scene.)

• Joe McGill illegally removed Black jurors.

• Joe McGill tracked and fixed the outstanding cases of other key witnesses.

• The DA’s office for 37 yrs withheld and suppressed critical 
information from Mumia’s criminal defense team.

• Judge Albert Sabo stated “I am going to help them fry the n*****” in 
front of Judge Richard Klein and court clerk Terry Maurer Carter.

•Alfonso Giordano--Philadelphia Police Commander -- the highest ranking 
officer on the scene of officer Faulkner’s murder on Dec. 9th 1981 
falsely stated that Mumia confessed while he was beating him in the 
police van.

On Dec. 2, Krasner is expected to submit a response to arguments from 
Abu-Jamal’s lawyers for a new trial-- taking a stand for justice against 
FOP intimidation.

The current FOP attack on DA Krasner is part of the 38 year effort to 
silence Abu-Jamal once and for all. We who believe in justice will not 
allow that to happen.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qo1jrdfgPWggtIbLi_TlqknyBwz5lZtwCTVnUjJOtr4/edit?usp=sharing


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