Free Mumia Berlin: The Evidence is There! All out for Mumia (25.10.2018)

In just one week Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal will be back in court in Philadelphia for yet another hearing. This will be the seventh hearing since April 2017, and the fifth since DA Larry Krasner took office. We are appealing to Mumia supporters and justice seekers everywhere to step up to the plate and demand that Krasner do the right thing. The Judge and DA keep searching for proof former DA Ron Castille violated Mumia’s right to appeal his wrongful conviction but the evidence is there.
Dragging out yet more boxes, and hiring yet more staff to do a search is in effect a smokescreen to cover their heal dragging.

Please take action now! Email the letter below and call DA Krasner (see info below). Come to a press conference on Thurs. Oct. 25. Pack the court on Monday, Oct. 29 at 8:00AM, in the Criminal Justice Building, corner of 13th & Filbert Sts in Philly. Keep the heat on Krasner.
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Press Conference – Thursday Oct. 25, 11am-1pm, DA’s office, 3 S. Penn Square The Judge and DA Larry Krasner keep searching for proof former DA Ron Castille violated Mumia’s rights to appeal his wrongful conviction but the evidence already exists. Just days before Mumia’s court proceeding on Oct 29, attend a Press Conference outside the DA’s office which will feature speakers demanding the DA stop acting in the interest of the FOP.

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LETTER TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY LARRY KRASNER October 15, 2018

Dear District Attorney Larry Krasner,

You were elected on your claims of being a “progressive DA” and that you would “end mass incarceration.” You stated that you would investigate and overturn wrongful convictions. However, in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal you have to date shown yourself to be in tandem with the Fraternal Order of Police. This is despite the history of the evidence of Mumia’s innocence and the police, prosecution, and judicial misconduct that permeates his case.

In a letter sent to you in January 2018, Pam Africa and international representatives of the movement to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal requested a meeting to discuss his case with the objective of obtaining a dismissal of the charges against him and his release from prison. We also asked as a first step that you join in or at least not oppose Mumia’s pending petition for new appeals based on the precedent of Williams v. PA. Over the past months after first agreeing to that meeting, you then refused, but later met with Maureen Faulkner. Since April 30 you have submitted legal arguments to Judge Leon Tucker that deny the relevance of the evidence from prosecution files of Ronald Castille’s significant involvement in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s prosecution and death sentence. You have called for Mumia’s petition to be dismissed. Documents show that DA Castille tracked the status of capital cases and that he sent a letter to former Governor Casey that “urged” him to sign execution warrants to “send a message” to all ”police killers.”

Ronald Castille’s very public and vocifierous support of capital punishment and the Fraternal Order of Police combined with the evidence to date disclosed from the prosecution files meets the test of Williams v. PA. Judge Castille should have recused himself from Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals. Since Castille refused to do that, Mumia Abu-Jamal should, at least, be granted new appeal rights. So far, your handling of Mumia’s case has been very much in line with the wishes of the Fraternal Order of Police and you seem to show no interest in opening up a case that has been denounced around the world as reflecting the worst of a racist and classist judicial system that finds poor people, and especially people of color (and even more so dissenters) guilty and sentences them to the most extreme sentences: for Mumia, he was initially sentenced to death, but in 2011 was resentenced to life in prison without parole, that is without the possibility of ever getting out.

We call on you to release all the police and DA files relevant to Mumia’s case, to stop fighting to close this opening in the case by insisting that there is no evidence of Castille’s significant involvement in Mumia’s case, when that is clearly not the reality. The world is watching you out of its concern for Mumia and for justice.

Krasner’s email address is: justice@phila.gov

DA’s office number to call is: 001 – 215-686-8000 – Tell him to stop the coverup & release all DA & police files on Mumia.

Click on this link for an important article by Linn Washington with more background on this case.
https://thiscantbehappening.net/material-misrepresentations-and-missing-memory-mangle-mumia-appeal/


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