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Mumia's February 11 hearing postponed due to PA Supreme Court decision

Robert R. Bryan, Mumia's attorney communicates that "The hearing
scheduled on behalf of Mumia for February 11, 2005 has been canceled.

On a more positive note, on January 11, 2005 the San Francisco Board
of Supervisors, in a 9-2 vote, approved a strong resolution supporting
justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The resolution proceeded through a
series of technical hurdles, including a formal posting, a public
hearing at which three members of the Mobilization to Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal spoke and finally, a full meeting of the San Francisco Board
of Supervisors.
Robert R. Bryan, Mumia's attorney communicates that "The hearing
scheduled on behalf of Mumia for February 11, 2005 has been canceled.
Judge Pamela Dembe, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, has ordered
briefing by February 15 on the issue of whether the Pennsylvania
Supreme Court's recent decision in Commonwealth v. Johnson, 2004 Pa.
LEXIS 3118, "speaks to the jurisdiction of the Court to proceed in
defendant's third PCRA petition." This is disturbing since the court's
preliminary interpretation of the Johnson case appears to be wrong,
for it does not prevent her from granting us a hearing on two issues
of great significance relating to the unfairness of the trial. There
is no new law in Johnson, rather it is just the application of
long-established law to the facts of Mumia's case."

On a more positive note, on January 11, 2005 the San Francisco Board
of Supervisors, in a 9-2 vote, approved a strong resolution supporting
justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The resolution proceeded through a
series of technical hurdles, including a formal posting, a public
hearing at which three members of the Mobilization to Free Mumia
Abu-Jamal spoke and finally, a full meeting of the San Francisco Board
of Supervisors.


JUSTICE FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

Resolution approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
January 11, 2005

Whereas, Mumia Abu-Jamal, an award-winning African-American
journalist, author of nine books and internationally known social
critic and opponent of the death penalty, has been on Pennsylvania's
death row for the past 22 years, and,
Whereas, Amnesty International has pointed to serious flaws in the
conduct of his 1982 trial that raise critical constitutional issues
that demand a new trial for Mr. Jamal, and,
Whereas, among the issues that Amnesty International raised are:
suppression of critical evidence pointing to Mr. Jamal's innocence,
the illegal exclusion of African-American jurors, the denial of the
right to self-representation and the intimidation of witnesses, and,
Whereas, prominent organizations including the California Labor
Federation, AFL-CIO, the Episcopal Church of the United States, the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),
the European Parliament, the San Francisco Labor Council, the Detroit
City Council, the National Lawyers Guild, the ILWU, AFSCME and SEIU
national unions and many others, have called for justice and a new
trial for Mr. Jamal, and,
Whereas, San Francisco's former Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. declared
August 16, 1997 as "Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal Day in San Francisco."
Therefore, Be It Resolved that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
affirm its support for justice and a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal, and,
Be It Further Resolved that this resolution be communicated to the
Governor's office of the State of Pennsylvania for his information.

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