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Justice for Mumia

May 11, 2007

From freemumia.org

On May 17, 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.

Despite a mountain of evidence proving his innocence, a 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 instruction to the jury, regarding the death penalty and prosecutorial misconduct.

In a 1982 frame-up trial that has been condemned by groups ranging from Amnesty International, the European Parliament, the NAACP, the National Lawyers 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, Mumia was falsely convicted of the murder of a Philadelphia police officer.

Six eyewitnesses stated that the real killer fled the murder scene while Mumia himself was found near dead 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 own trial.

Mumia was the victim of a police frame-up. An award-winning journalist, he was the leading critic of a Philadelphia Police Department, many of whose officers had been indicted and convicted on numerous charges of corruption, intimidation of witnesses and planting of evidence. Mumia’s judge, the ‘hanging judge’ Albert Sabo, was overhead 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 has become a world symbol in the fight against the barbaric and racist death penalty. We stand with him as he fights for a new trial and for his life and freedom. Pennsylvania authorities seek to reinstate the death penalty and murder Mumia by lethal injection.

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