Mumia Abu-Jamal legal victory


This video from the USA says about itself:

April 27, 2011

Court Rules Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence is Unconstitutional, Grants New Sentencing Hearing

The case of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn Tuesday when the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared his death sentence unconstitutional—it is the second time the court has agreed with a lower judge who set aside Abu-Jamal’s death sentence after finding jurors were given confusing instructions that encouraged them to choose death rather than a life sentence. Now Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and journalist, could get a new sentencing hearing in court. We speak with his co-counsel, Judith Ritter, and Linn Washington, an award-winning journalist who has followed Abu-Jamal’s case for almost three decades.

See also here.

Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case: One more reason why U.S. death penalty should be abolished: here.

6 thoughts on “Mumia Abu-Jamal legal victory

  1. Call Now! Shut Down Solitary Units. Close Restricted Housing Units. End Torture Blocks.
    Demand that Mumia Abu-Jamal be transferred to General Population! Demand the Shutdown of RHU (Restricted Housing Unit) Torture Blocks!

    Since December 14, Mumia has been kept in solitary in SCI Mahanoy’s dungeon. Its restrictions and conditions belie its modern construction. On January 6 Mumia told us that he wants all of his supporters to broaden this call, to not just focus on his case, but to understand that all torture units must be shut down.

    The Human Rights Coalition is a group of prisoners, family members, and supporters that have been exposing and challenging state torture in Pennsylvania for years. HRC states “Mumia may be in solitary, but he is not alone. The PA Department of Corrections holds approximately 2,500 people in solitary confinement on any given day, many of them for years at a time.” Please visit these websites to learn more: Human Rights Coalition and Solitary Watch.

    Please write, call, and email today! The defeat for the State, having to openly declare that Mumia will live, and recognizing that they can no longer legally execute Mumia, has resulted in a severe backlash. After his transfer off of death row, Mumia was thrown in the hole at SCI Mahanoy.

    The prison administration excuse that “paperwork” is holding up his transfer to general population in this medium security prison is transparent. The disinformation is part of their strategy to create confusion and disorient. Make no mistake. These conditions are clearly designed torture. They are being enacted to silence Mumia and his supporters.

    Mumia Abu-Jamal is being held in extremely repressive conditions. Like thousands of prisoners, residents of solitary confinement and isolation units in every hole in every prison across the U.S., Mumia is being subject to draconian, dehumanizing and brutal conditions under solitary confinement.

    He is shackled whenever he is outside his cell, even to shower. He is shackled around his ankles, waist and wrist – unable to walk freely. He is shackled while behind Plexiglas during visits. He is subject to strip searches before and after visits that are limited to one hour per week. Phone call privileges have also been reduced.

    He was forced to leave all personal belongings at SCI-Greene. He has only bits of paper to write on, with a rubber flex pen. The number of stamps and envelopes he can use is greatly limited, and his commissary privileges have been revoked. He is also barred from having a television, typewriter or radio in his cell, which has no electrical outlet. Access to personal possessions such as books is also severely limited. These conditions are worse than death row.
    HOW TO TAKE ACTION:

    Write, Phone, and Email the Secretary of Corrections. Demand that Mumia be transferred to General Population! And demand the shutdown of RHU (Restricted Housing Unit) Torture Blocks!
    John Wetzl, Secretary Department of Corrections
    2520 Lisburn Road, P.O. Box 598 Camp Hill, PA 17001-0598
    (717) 975-4928
    Email: ra-contactdoc@pa.gov
    Write, Phone, and Email the Superintendent:
    John Kerestes, Superintendent
    SCI Mahanoy
    301 Morea Road
    Frackville, PA 17932
    (570) 773-2158 – Fax: (570) 783-2008
    Write, Phone, and Email the Philadelphia DA. Demand that they petition the court to free Mumia, based on suppression of evidence. They have buried evidence and the truth for 30 years. The police corruption and the frame up of Mumia must be exposed.
    Seth Williams, DA Philadelphia
    Three South Penn Square
    Philadelphia, PA 19107-3499
    (215) 686-8000
    Email: DA_Central@phila.gov
    Finally, send Mumia a note or a card:
    Mumia Abu-Jamal
    AM 8335
    SCI Mahanoy
    301 Morea Road
    Frackville, PA 17932

    International Action Center

    c/o Solidarity Center
    55 West 17th St 5C
    New York, NY 10010
    1-212-633-6646
    http://www.iacenter.org
    email: iacenter@iacenter.org | En Español: iac-cai@iacenter.org

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