On May 17th, Mumia Abu-Jamal's attorneys will present oral arguments to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. A mass
demonstration is set for Philadelphia on that day and in other cities around
Despite a moutain of evidence proving his innocence, the U.S. criminal
'justice' system, saturated with race and class bias, has reduced his case
to four of the 28 issues originally presented to the federal courts:
exclusion of Blacks from the jury panel, racial bias, improper instructions
to the jury regarding the death penalty and prosecutorial misconduct.
In a 1982 frame-up trial, Mumia was falsely convicted of the murder of a
Philadelphia police officer. That trial has been condemned by groups ranging
from Amnesty International, the European Parliament, the NAACP, the National
Lawyuers Guild, the presidents of France and South Africa, the Congressional
Black Caucus, hundreds of U.S. and International trade unions and the
Detroit, San Francisco and Paris, France city councils.
Six eyewitnessed stated that the real killer fled the murder scene while
Mumia himself lay near death next to the slain police officer. Critical
evidence proving Mumia's innocence was destroyed and withheld. 'Witnesses'
never on the murder scene were coerced to lie and state that they were
present. Police manipulated the murder scene and Mumia himself was excluded
from the majority of his trial.
Mumia was the victim of a political frame-up. An award-winning journalist,
he was the leading critic of the Philadelphia Police Department, many of
whose officers had been indicted and convicted on numerous charges of
corruption, intimidation of witnesses and planting evidence.
Mumia's judge, the 'hanging judge,' Albert Sabo, was overheard by
award-winning court stenographer, Terri Maurer Carter, stating in regard to
Mumia's case, 'Yeah, and I'm going to help 'em fry the n----r.'
Mumia deserves another trial, a fair trial, one unlike the one that has
caused him to sit on death row for 25 years.
Please help call for a new trial by attending this demonstration and by
forwarding this email.
Sponsored by Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (Portland), Freedom
Socialist Party, and Socialist Action