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            Dec 19, 2015</em></span></strong></h1>
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                  style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)">It was
                  an amazing day yesterday in Scranton, PA, with more
                  than 100 people inside and outside the courtroom.
                  Folks joined us from all over the East coast. The
                  Judge, Robert Mariani, began by reading an excerpt of
                  the papers Mumia filed with the court, citing the life
                  threatening conditions he suffered when he was
                  hospitalized on March 30th, 2015. The Judge referred
                  to those conditions as "serious," signaling to all in
                  attendance that he meant business. However, even
                  before the proceedings began, the DOC's attorney,
                  Laura J. Neale, argued for dismissal of the case on a
                  technicality.   She argued that Mumia violated
                  procedure in failing to exhausted his DOC
                  administrative appeals process first, before filing a
                  suit in court; and that, on that basis, the judge
                  should dismiss. Our attorneys, Bret Grote and Bob
                  Boyle, literally took out the demolition equipment and
                  went to town. The judge disagreed with her too, citing
                  precedents with which she was unfamiliar. The judge
                  then asked her: are Abu-Jamal's claims legitimate?
                  After much back and forth she was forced to concede
                  that they were legitimate, but insisted that there was
                  a violation of the process. Then judge asked her, "so
                  do you mean to tell the court that you are upholding
                  form over content?" Shortly thereafter, the court
                  adjourned because the DOC's attorney asked the judge
                  to register his decision in a formal ruling. He came
                  back with a powerful opposition to her motion citing
                  precedent. And p.s. he came back with fire in his
                  belly.</span></strong></span></span></h3>
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                  style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)">First
                  order after that was to hear Mumia. Although he was
                  stoic, Mumia painted a picture of his tortured,
                  Job-like biblical crisis, explaining among other
                  things how he scratched himself bloody at night at the
                  height of the crisis. The DOC's attorney argued that
                  Mumia is better now because the DOC doctors
                  administered the proper medicines. Mumia's testimony
                  ended with a question. <br>
                  Mumia's attorney, Bret Grote: Would you accept
                  Hepatitis C treatment? <br>
                  Mumia Abu-Jamal: Yes, with it I can live; without it I
                  may die.</span></strong></span></span><br>
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          <strong style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida
            grande,sans-serif; font-size:14px"><span
              style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)">Meanwhile,
              Pam Africa was <span style="background-color:rgba(255,
                255, 255, 0)">managing the rotation of folks into the
                courtroom and </span>intermittently leading the protest
              outside with the usual fire and power she brings to the
              struggle. The MOVE organization and many Philly supporters
              held it down in the cold, and at one point, a white man
              brandishing his gun with a press pass provoked the rally.
              Four police officers stood by, flanking him on both sides
              at times.  Our side took pictures, proceeded to expose him
              as an apparently police-supported provocateur, and kept it
              moving.</span></strong><span style="font-family:lucida
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                  style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);
                  color:rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height:normal">Back inside
                  the courtroom. Our good doctor, Dr. Joe Harris, took
                  the stand as our expert witness.</span></strong><span
                style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)">  <strong
                  style="font-weight:bold">Movement attorney, Bob Boyle,
                  painted a compelling portrait of the situation with a
                  quick-fire, barrage of questions to Dr. Harris. Dr.
                  Harris  rocked the court, and argued that Mumia's skin
                  problem (Necrolytic Acral Erythema), anemia, and low
                  hemoglobin count are all consequences of his active
                  Hep C; and that the only solution is treatment with
                  the cure. He also explained that Mumia's skin
                  condition hasn't cleared, despite the fact that he has
                  been give the strongest topical medicines in the
                  market, which Dr. Harris called "big guns,"
                  medication. That remains the case, he continued,
                  because Mumia's skin condition is tied to the
                  untreated Hep C. He also added that it is common for
                  this kind of severe skin condition to come and go in
                  Hep C patients; but that in the meantime, the Hep C
                  virus continues to advance as indicated by signs of
                  serious liver damage in Mumia's system. </strong></span></span></span><br>
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              style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida
              grande,sans-serif"><span style="background-color:rgba(255,
                255, 255, 0)"><strong><span style="font-size:14px">At
                    the conclusion of Dr. Harris' testimony, the Judge
                    decided to adjourn. We return to Scranton <a
                      dir="ltr" style="color: #ED5E29;font-weight:
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                          !important; top:2px; z-index:auto !important">Tues,
                          Dec 22</span></span></a> for cross examination
                    of Dr. Harris and more witness and expert
                    testimonies. It was a long day. A few snow flurries
                    came down outside and it was freezing in the
                    courtroom. But we got a sense of our power. </span></strong></span><span
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                  style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)"><strong><span
                      style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)">Except
                      for the DOC attorneys</span>, all in the courtroom
                    - including the Judge - were attentive to the moral
                    weight of this life and death condition. The lives
                    of the 10,000 PA prisoners with the Hep C virus were
                    on the balance and in the air in the courtroom. We
                    left understanding that health crises like these
                    illuminate much of what it means to be human. </strong></span></span></span></font><br>
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                style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)"><strong>T</strong></span><strong><span
                  style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)">hen we
                  heard from imprisoned MOVE 9 member Delbert African at
                  SCI Dallas, only 30 minutes from Scranton, that he and
                  all the brothers on the block saw us on the evening
                  news. BOOM!!</span></strong></span></span></h4>
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              sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif"><span
                style="background-color:rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)"><strong>Please
                  join us <a dir="ltr" style="color:
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                        z-index:auto !important">Tues, December 22</span></span>.</a> Email <a
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                  <br>
                  Reporting for the Movement to Free Mumia and all
                  Political Prisoners, with love & in solidarity,</strong><br>
                <br>
                <strong>Johanna Fernandez<br>
                  <span style="font-size:15px"><em>-The Campaign to
                      Bring Mumia Home</em></span></strong></span></span></span></div>
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