[Pnews] State Supreme Court to hear latest Mumia Abu-Jamal case filings

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Thu May 20 22:32:13 EDT 2021


Professor Johanna Fernández of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home 
(http://www.bringmumiahome.com <http://www.bringmumiahome.com>).

Dear Friends:

Please see, attached, the latest development in the case. The Superior 
Court of PA claims it has no jurisdiction over the issues raised in the 
latest litigation in this case. Therefore this court has transferred all 
the pending issues to the PA Supreme Court.

The attached motion identifies everything that has happened in the case 
since the Williams issue was filed, including the discovery of new 
evidence, the opening up of Mumia's appeals as a result of the Williams 
litigation, Mumia's request to remand the case to the lower courts to 
investigate the new evidence, and Maureen's intervention.

The issues that the Superior Court is relinquishing to the PA Supreme 
Court are these:

1. Mumia's open appeals
2. Request by Mumia's attorneys to remand the case to the Court of 
Common Pleas, to investigate the new evidence found in the 6 boxes
3. Maureen's petition to intervene in Mumia's open appeals

View the PDF file here:
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2021/05/20/18842660.php 
<https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2021/05/20/18842660.php>

Attached is a May 20, 2021 ruling by the Court to transfer Mumia 
Abu-Jamal's case from the Superior Court, up to the Pennsylvania State 
Supreme Court.

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    https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/mumia-abu-jamal-pennsylvania-supreme-court-20210520.html


    State Supreme Court to hear latest Mumia Abu-Jamal case filings

The state Superior Court ruled Thursday that it lacked jurisdiction to 
hear Abu-Jamal’s latest challenge of his conviction and life sentence 
for the 1981 traffic stop death of Officer Daniel Faulkner.

In this 1995 file photo, Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a 
policeman, arrives at Philadelphia's City Hall.In this 1995 file photo, 
Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted of killing a policeman, arrives at 
Philadelphia's City Hall.NANINE HARTZENBUSCH / AP

    by The Associated Press, The Associated Press
    Published
    5 hours ago

PHILADELPHIA — The latest appeal filed by Mumia Abu-Jamal and a related 
suit brought by the widow of the Philadelphia police officer he’s 
convicted of killing will now go before Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court.

The state Superior Court ruled Thursday that it lacked jurisdiction to 
hear Abu-Jamal’s latest challenge of his conviction and life sentence 
for the 1981 traffic stop death of Officer Daniel Faulkner. The panel 
also found the state's top court is the better venue for addressing a 
plea by Maureen Faulkner to intervene in the case in opposition to 
Jamal’s bid for freedom.

Neither side opposed the transfer to the Supreme Court, the panel noted.

The ruling comes less than six months after the state Supreme Court 
rejected Maureen Faulkner's bid to disqualify the city district 
attorney’s office from continuing to work on the matter. She sought to 
have the attorney general’s office appointed to take over the prosecution.

Maureen Faulkner has argued that District Attorney Larry Krasner and his 
aides have links to Abu-Jamal’s case that should have disqualified them 
and that the office has not handled the case with due vigor. Krasner, a 
Democrat, has denied any substantial conflict exists.

The 67-year-old Abu-Jamal is arguing that his convictions must be 
reconsidered, especially in light of the discovery by a DA’s office of 
previously undisclosed boxes of material in its files on his case. He is 
serving a life sentence and, in the intervening decades, his claims of 
being unfairly convicted have drawn fervent supporters, both in the 
United States and internationally.

Published
May 20, 2021
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