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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert to Thomas Miller-El
"...During the period in which Miller-El's trial took place, Dallas County prosecutors were engaging in racist jury selection tactics in an effort to exclude minority jurors..."

Mumia's Battle in New Phase: Overturn the Conviction!
"...This crack in the facade of Mumia's case must be pried open and the great injustice of his persecution put before millions and millions. Now we must intensify our efforts. We must not and will not allow the Philly DA, the Fraternal Order of Police, and all the racist zealots to put Mumia back on track to execution..."

PA Court Denies New PCRA Hearing for Mumia
"...The unjust court rulings bring home in sharp terms what is actually required to stop the execution and free Mumia: a broad and determined movement that presents the government with a political situation where they stand to lose far more in carrying out their vicious execution plans than they could hope to gain..."

New Affidavit Exposes Sabo's Bias in Mumia's Trial
"...I heard Judge Sabo say, "Yeah, and I'm going to help them fry the nigger."..."

Initial report on Mumia's August 17 Pennsylvania Court Hearing
"...At today's court hearing, from which Mumia Abu-Jamal was excluded at the last minute, Judge Pamela Dembe postponed any action on Mumia's request for a new Post Conviction Relief Act hearing..."

Motion to File March 1927 Article by Justice Felix Frankfurter on Sacco-Vanzetti Case
"...There is a direct and chilling historical parallel between the case of Sacco and Vanzetti and the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal because in both cases the real murderer confessed and exonerated the innocent men wrongly convicted and sentenced to death..."

The Petition For Writ Of Habeas Corpus

Judge rejects Abu-Jamal's request to suspend appeal
"...Judge William H. Yohn Jr., in an order last week, denied the July request by Abu-Jamal's lawyers to suspend his two-year-old federal appeal proceedings while they try to reopen his state post-conviction appeals..."

Affidavit of Ronald L. Singer
"...AFFIDAVIT OF RONALD L. SINGER IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER'S REQUEST TO FILE REDRAFTED AND AMENDED PETITION FOR HABEAS CORPUS AND FOR DISCOVERY AND EVIDENTIARY HEARING..."

Affidavit of George Michael Newman
"...AFFIDAVIT OF GEORGE MICHAEL NEWMAN IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER'S MEMORANDUM OF LAW ON THE COURT'S JURISDICTION TO ENTERTAIN HIS POST-CONVICTION PETITION AND FOR EVIDENTIARY HEARING AND DISCOVERY..."

Affidavit of Eugene P. Ericksen
"...AFFIDAVIT OF PROFESSOR EUGENE P. ERICKSEN IN SUPPORT OF PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS..."

Declaration Of Robert H. Kirschner, M.D.
"...DECLARATION OF ROBERT H. KIRSCHNER, M.D., IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER'S REQUEST FOR DISCOVERY AND EVIDENTIARY HEARING..."

Judge Yohn rejects deposition of Arnold Beverly
"...Yohn adopted the position of the state's attorney in rejecting Mumia's request to depose Arnold Beverly. Beverly had summitted a sworn statement that he, not Mumia, was the killer of Officer Daniel Faulkner..."

May 29, 2001 Filing by Mumia's Legal Team
"...Please take notice that Petitioner has today filed with this Honorable Court the following documents...Copy of Letter to Honorable William H. Yohn, Dated May 29, 2001..."

Brief in Support of Motion for Nicholas R.D. Brown, Esq. to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice
"...Petitioner has a constitutional right to be represented by retained counsel of his choice in these proceedings, at no expense to the government. This constitutional right limits the discretion of the District Court to deny pro hac admission..."

Petitioner's ... Response to Respondent's Opposition to Petitioner's Motion to Take Deposition of Arnold Beverly
"...states the following. 1. A Deposition is Necessary to Preserve the Evidence and Protect the Witness..."

Commonwealth's Answer to Petitioner's Emergency Motion for Order Authorizing Deposition (PDF)
"...Unless a petitioner can establish that a hearing at which the discovered evidence might be admitted is at least permissible under AEDPA standards, he cannot show good cause, and there is no basis for discovery..."

Polygraph Examination of Arnold R. Beverly (PDF)
"...At your request, I conducted a psychophysiological detection of deception examination on Arnold R. Beverly..."

Affidavit of Charles R. Honts (PDF)
"...I am of the opinion that the polygraph conducted by Mr. Rawlins on Mr. Beverly is without probative value..."

Facsimile of Report by Gary Wakshul made on December 9, 1981 Regarding Mumia Abu-Jamal
"...we stayed with the male at Jefferson until we were relived. During this time, the negro male made no comments..."

Facsimile of Report by Medical Examiner made on December 9, 1981 Regarding Daniel Faulkner
"...homicide ... shot ... 44 cal..."

FBI Memo Recording Daniel Faulkner's Death (PDF)
"...XXXXXXX... Officer Faulkner fired one time...XXXXXX...in the chest area...XXXXXX..."

Affidavit by Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Events of December 9, 1981
"...Now for the first time I have been given an opportunity to tell what happened to me in the early morning hours of December 9, 1981. This is what happened..."

Affidavit by William Cook on the Events of December 9, 1981
"...If called to testify as a witness in. this matter I would competently testify to the following from my own personal knowledge..."

Affidavit by Arnold R. Beverly on the Events of December 9, 1981
"...I was present when police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed in the early morning hours of December 9, 1981 near the corner of Locust and 13th Streets..."

Declaration of Linn Washington on the Events of December 9, 1981
"...I feared that the lack of police presence at the December 1981 13th and Locust Sts. crime scene would have an adverse effect on the sufficiency of the police investigation..."

Affidavit of Donald Hersing
"...From May 1981 through November 1982 I was employed as a confidential source of information (CSI) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), within an investigation relative to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Police Department..."

Judge Yohn's Ruling on Removal of Counsel
"...Yohn granted Mumia's motion to change attorneys in his habeas corpus appeal..."

ADA Burn's Memo on Removal of Counsel
"...Burns filed this memorandum with the court detailing the prosecution's position in this matter..."

Motion For Reconsideration of Order Allowing De Facto Amendment of Habeas Corpus Petition
"...On April 2, Assistant District Attorney Hugh Burns filed a motion with Judge William H. Yohn asking him to reconsider his order of March 22 refusing Mumia's petition to add a 30th claim to his habeas corpus petition..."

Judge Yohn Denies Mumia's Request to Amend Habeas Petition
"...In an order signed March 22, District Court Judge William H. Yohn denied Mumia's petition to amend his petition for habeas corpus relief..."

R&R! Statement About Mumia's Legal Team
"...it is important to keep focused on the essential issues. Mumia was tried before a notorious pro-police judge who had sentenced more people to death row than any other, in a city - Philadelphia - infamous for its persecution of Black political dissidents..."

Petitioner's Motion for Withdrawal of Counsel
"...Now Comes Mumia Abu-Jamal, your Petitioner pro se, who moves this Honorable Court to grant the proposed Order for Withdrawal of Counsel in Above-Captioned case for its conflict of interest..."

Petitioner's Application For Leave To Amend The Petition For Habeas Corpus Relief
"...Specifically, Petitioner seeks to amplify on his Faretta claim with specific allegations concerning the trial court's denial of his request to have assistance at trial from one John Africa..."

Commonwealths Answer to Petition for Writ of Mandamus [1600K PDF]
"...In Re: Twenty-Two Members of the British Parliment and for Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation..."

Joint Petition For Writ Of Mandamus [PDF]
"This is a petition to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus, which would order district court judge William H. Yohn to accept two of the amicus briefs in Mumia's case that Judge Yohn earlier rejected."

Response (by State of PA) To Petitioner's Supplemental Brief (PDF)
"...In attempting to reargue numerous existing claims in his supplemental brief by analogy to Williams, petitioner systematically relies on issues of fact and credibility, not issues of law...."

Supplemental Memorandum of Law on Effect of Williams rulings
"...submitted pursuant to this Court's May 15, 2000 Order granting Petitioner Mumia Abu-Jamal's request for leave to submit supplemental briefing on the "effect of the recent decisions of the Supreme Court, both denominated Williams v. Taylor..."

Important Development in Mumia's Legal Case
"...Judge Yohn has granted permission for the defense to file a supplement brief on the issues raised by the recent Supreme Court decisions on the Effective Death Penalty Act..."

District Attorney's Response to Mumia's habeas petition
"...The following response is unfortunately lengthy. Given petitioner's strategy of attempting to unfairly prejudice the court by a lengthy series of inaccurate assertions and credibility arguments, the Commonwealth must offer refutation in detail..."

Comment on the Supreme Court's Decision in Williams I and II
"...The more important opinion deals with whether or not the new law limits or restricts the authority of federal judges, such as Judge Yohn, to review and overturn a state-court conviction..."

Important new legal filing for Mumia - March 24
"...this Court has plenary authority, as an Article III court, to review the state court record to fulfill its obligations to ensure compliance with the United States Constitution..."

Mumia Habeas Filing Exposes Injustice
a four-part series by Clark Kissinger, originally appearing the Revolutionary Worker newspaper

Memorandum Of Law In Support Of Petition For Writ Of Habeas Corpus Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. §2254
"...This Memorandum addresses the threshold issue regarding the legal viability of Jamal's previously-filed Petition. [1] It establishes that each of the twenty-nine specified claims in the Petition are grounded in clearly established federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States...."

Summary of the Constitutional Claims in Mumia's Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
"...These are grouped into six categories. The citing of Constitutional amendments refers to rights based on these amendments as interpreted by the courts..."

10/28/99 Legal Update on Mumia's Case
"...We are now on the federal fast track, and every day counts in building the movement to save and win a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal...."

10/27/99 Legal Update on Mumia's Case
"...By December 7, Mumia's lawyers are to submit a memorandum of law citing the relevant legal precedents for the requests they have made in their petition for a writ of habeas corpus..."

Federal Judge Grants Stay Of Execution For Mumia Abu-Jamal
"...The stay was granted 13 days after Governor Ridge of Pennsylvania signed Jamal's death warrant and will last until the end of the proceedings in Federal District Court..."

Petition for Habeas Corpus [10/14/99]
"...on grounds that his conviction and sentence of death were obtained in violation of the Constitution of the United States. In support thereof, Petitioner alleges as follows..."

The Amicus Briefs

Twenty Years After The Fact Amici Uncover The Stunning Truth
"...Undaunted by the District Court denial of their briefs, two of the amici, 22 Members of the British Parliament and the For Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation have filed a petition for extra-ordinary relief (mandamus)..."

How to Join the Appeal of Judge Yohn's Refusal to Accept Amicus Briefs
"...Here is how to join the appeal of Judge Yohn's outrageous decision to refuse to accept any amicus briefs in Mumia's case. What follows is sample wording for a notice to the court that you wish to join in the petition..."

Memorandum and Order on Amicus Briefs by Judge Yohn
"...I will deny the petitions as unnecessary and unhelpful, without comment on the merits of the arguments sought to be raised or the merits of petitioner's underlying claims..."

Amicus Briefs Barred In Mumia Appeal
"...federal judge William H. Yohn has officially refused to accept any of the four amicus briefs filed with the court in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal..."

Amicus Brief Filed by Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation
"...The right of a citizen to represent himself before the power of the State is a fundamental one, arising from precedent that predates the founding of the Republic...."

Amicus Brief Filed by Members of the British Parliament
"...The Trial Court Erred During the Voir Dire, the Guilt Hearing and the Death Penalty Sentencing Hearing by Refusing to Allow the Petitioner to Represent Himself..."

Amicus Brief Filed by US Legal Organizations
"...The present Brief underscores the full magnitude of the rights and interests at issue in the Petition under consideration, discusses the parameters of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996..."

Memorandum Of Law Of Amici Curiae submitted by the ACLU and the NAACP
"...through their undersigned counsel, submit this Memorandum of Law in support of the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus of Mumia Abu-Jamal filed pursuant to §§ 2241 and 2254 et. Seq. ("Petition"), on the grounds that his sentence of death was obtained in violation of the Constitution of the United States...."

Transcripts from the 1982 Trial

Transcript from Voir Dire Procedings, June 9, 1982
"...On June 9, 1982, during the voir dire (the examination of prospective jurors), Mumia Abu-Jamal was suddenly and without good cause removed from conducting the examination for the defense. This was done at the request of the prosecution..."

Mumia is Expelled from the Courtroom, June 18, 1982
"...Mumia Abu-Jamal was not only stripped of his right to defend himself and denied the right to have John Africa sit at the defense table as an advisor, he was also expelled from the courtroom and barred from his own trial at which he was sentenced to death..."

June 16, 1982, transcript of the selection of Juror Edward Courchain
"...Edward Courchain was selected as the first alternate juror, even though he stated that he couldn't be fair to both sides ... and became foreman of the jury that convicted Mumia and sentenced him to death..."

June 18, 1982 in camera conference during Mumia's trial
"...A major issue referred to in these (amicus) briefs in a meeting held in chambers (not in open court) between Mumia's court appointed lawyer (Anthony Jackson), Judge Sabo, and prosecutor Joseph McGill; a meeting from which Mumia was excluded..."

Transcript of July 3, 1982 Sentencing Hearing
"...We are now going to hold a sentencing hearing during which counsel may present additional evidence and arguments and you will decide whether the defendant is to be sentenced to death or life imprisonment..."

Prior Legal Proceedings

YR 1999 | YR 1998 | YR 1997 | YR 1996 | YR 1995

The Selectivity of Judicial Review
"...let three cops be found guilty by a jury, and judicial review operates with lightning speed..."

Mumia and the U.S. Supreme Court
"...The United States Supreme Court has two standards: One for white supremacists and one for Black revolutionaries..."

Petitioner's Motion and Memorandum to Review for Reasonableness the State Court's Findings of Fact
"...This Motion presents two overarching grounds for setting aside the factfinding by Judge Albert F. Sabo, the presiding judge over the original trial and the PCRA proceedings..."

1999

Mumia's Situation Following the new Death Warrant and new Filing in the Federal Court
"...This is a most critical moment in the whole appeals process. A federal district judge in Philadelphia is being asked to hold a hearing on Mumia's petition for a writ of habeas corpus...."

Update on the Signing of Mumia's New Death Warrant
"...Mumia's immediate response was: "This is just the next stage of the fight. We will continue to fight. We will win!"..."

PA Governor Signs Mumia Abu Jamal's Death Warrant
"...Governor Ridge of Pennsylvania today signed the death warrant of Mumia Abu Jamal, despite an expected habeus corpus petition from the defendant's lawyers citing: fabrication and suppression of evidence; racial bias in selecting jurors; and denial of the right to self- representation..."

Mumia's Legal Situation Following the Recent Action by the U.S. Supreme Court
"...In declining to hear these issues now, the court has not ruled against Mumia on these points, but is certainly attempting to build public opinion against Mumia..."

What's Next in the Courts for Mumia Abu-Jamal?
".. First, this case has come to concentrate a major political struggle in society over the whole reactionary agenda emphasizing police powers and speeded-up executions. Second, the courts have many different options in fixing the outcome at each stage. Third, there are tactical decisions that will have to be made by Mumia and his legal defense team at each step along the way..."

Supreme Court Rejects Petition
"...The U.S. Supreme Court opened its Fall Term on Monday, October 4, by announcing a list of petitions it is rejecting. Among these was a petition for a "writ of certiorari" by Mumia Abu-Jamal..."

May 26, 1999 Update on Mumia's Legal Situation
"...Justice Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court recently granted Pennsylvania an extended filing deadline for their reply to Mumia's petition for a writ of certiorari..."

PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI to the U.S. Supreme Court also as [75K PDF]
"...PETITIONER WAS IMPROPERLY STRIPPED OF HIS SIXTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO SELF-REPRESENTATION BY THE TRIAL COURT..."

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Effective Death Penalty Act
"...How they rule will affect the case if Mumia Abu-Jamal and thousands of others on death row...."

Mumia's Request for a Delay in Filing Granted by the U.S. Supreme Court
"...Mumia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the violations of his Sixth Amendment rights..."

1998

Update on Mumia's Legal Fight for Media Access
"...On December 4, Mumia filed suit in the Federal District Court on Pittsburgh to force the Pennsylvania prison system to allow Sam Donaldson from ABC's 20/20 to film an interview with him..."

Text of Mumia's 11-3-98 Application for Reargument
"...The Court ... overlooks or misapprehends the constitutional principle that the right to be present in the courtroom in capital cases is non-waivable..."

Justice Denied: Analysis of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision On Mumia Abu-Jamal
"...By rejecting a new and fair trial for Mumia, the Pennsylvania high court has now sent this case hurtling onto a new, faster, and more dangerous course..."

A Statement From Death Row
"...On October 29th, 1998, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court committed a collective crime: it damned due process, strangled the fair trial, and raped justice..."

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Denies Fair Trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal!
"...The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously let stand a lower court decision denying a new trial, and the Gov. Tom Ridge has promised to quickly sign a new death warrant..."

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Against Mumia Abu-Jamal [10/29/98]
PDF file of verbatim text - 330K

Denial of Appellant's Motion For Recusal [10/29/98]
PDF file of verbatim text - 65K

Opinion In Support of Denial of Appellant's Motion For Recusal [10/29/98]
PDF file of verbatim text - 65K

U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, ABU-JAMAL v PRICE
"...We conclude that Jamal has a reasonable probability of demonstrating that the Department's actions violated his rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and that Jamal has demonstrated that he will be subject to irreparable harm if the injunction is not granted..."

Federal Appeals Panel Unanimously Rules Mumia's Rights As Journalist Were Violated
"...the Third Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously found that the Department of Corrections had twice violated the rights of Mumia Abu Jamal when they punished him for alleged violating prison regulations..." - press release from International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Why Justice Castille Should Remove Himself From Reviewing Mumia's Appeal
"...He was ... the District Attorney in Philadelphia ten years ago and played a key role in assuring that Mumia not be granted a new trial at that time, despite an unending list of police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct..."

Appellant's Application For Relief In The Form Of A Remand
"...his death sentence should be vacated due to racial and geographical disparities in the system of capital punishment in Pennsylvania which directly affected his case..."

The KGO-TV Report: A Case Study in Irresponsible Journalism
"...On May 7 and 8, 1998, KGO-TV broadcast a two-part series attacking the international movement to prevent the execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal... In reality, it presented incorrect and false information on virtually every point...."

Appellant's Application For Leave To Cite Supplemental Authorities
"...to inform the court of new "authorities" - new decisions by other courts that effect the interpretation of the law..."

1997

Notes from Appeal Hearing on Mumia Abu-Jamal's Civil Suit
"...Rough Notes from Appeal Hearing on Mumia Abu-Jamal's Civil Suit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, 12/8/97, by Debbie Lang, Revolutionary Worker/Obrero Revolucionario..."

Philadelphia Bar Association Resolution Calling For A Moratorium On Capital Punishment
"...the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby joins the American Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association and calls for a moratorium on executions in Pennsylvania until such time as the fair and impartial administration of the death penalty can be ensured and the risk that innocent persons may be executed is minimized..."

Why We Can't Depend on the Federal Courts
"...Given the outrageous treatment that Mumia Abu-Jamal has received in the Pennsylvania courts, it is tempting to believe that his situation will greatly improve once he gets into the federal court system. This is a very dangerous illusion..."

Supplemental Brief Filed by Mumia Abu-Jamal - August 29, 1997
"...The simple reality is that the judge has colluded with the prosecution from the outset to secure a conviction and death sentence, assisting the prosecution in its misconduct and in concealing that misconduct..."

Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Update: August 97
"...on July 24, Sabo announced his ruling on the evidence presented by Pamela Jenkins and other witnesses in the hearings held June 26th - July 1st..." - from EqualJustice USA

Judge Sabo Announces Opinion on Pamela Jenkins Hearing
"...Upon review and consideration of the testimony offered by Pamela Jenkins it is hereby ordered and decreed that the Defendant, Mumia Abu-Jamal's petition for Post Conviction Collateral Relief is denied..."

Petitioner's Supplemental Offers of Proof
"...Petitioner Mumia Abu-Jamal ("Jamal"), by his attorneys, respectfully submits the following supplemental offers of proof in support of the offers made on the record and denied in the course of the June 26, 1997 to July 1, 1997 remand hearing..."

Notes from the Remand Hearing before Judge Sabo, July 1, 1997
"...These are condensed notes of the first hour of testimony taken by Clark Kissinger, and are not a complete or exact transcript..."

Notes from the Remand Hearing before Judge Sabo, June 30, 1997
"...These are condensed notes of the first hour of testimony taken by Clark Kissinger, and are not a complete or exact transcript..."

Notes from the Remand Hearing before Judge Sabo, June 26, 1997
"...These are condensed notes of the first hour of testimony taken by Clark Kissinger, and are not a complete or exact transcript..."

Flash report on Mumia hearing, June 26th
"...Pamela Jenkins stood strong, however. Virtually spitting in the cops face, she not only upheld the information given in her earlier affidavit, but provided a new bombshell..."

Supplemental Statement of The Case - June 11, 1997
"...Jamal files this Sur-Reply Brief pursuant to this Court's order dated May 21, 1997...."

PA Supreme Court Remands Testimony in Mumia's Case
"...Late on Friday June 6th, the PA Supreme Court issued an order remanding Mumia's PCRA petition back to the trial court (SABO's Court!) to hear the testimony of Pamela Jenkins..."

"Supplemental Application for Relief in the Form of a Remand", filed April 23, 1997
"... The Commonwealth's false denials and pretextual self-justifications with regard to the jury selection claims are a graphic example of the broader pattern of prosecutorial misconduct permeating every aspect of this case...."

"Application for Leave to File a Sur-Reply", filed April 15, 1997
"... the Commonwealth has been compelled to radically alter the substance of its arguments and make new arguments. Jamal requests leave to file a short brief to address the Commonwealth's new arguments...."

New Legal Papers Filed March 10, 1997
"... Appellant Mumia Abu-Jamal's application for relief in the form of a remand to present additional testimony and take discovery regarding police and prosecution misconduct...."

Witness Provides New Evidence of Jamal's Innocence
"... Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal filed new legal papers today, centered on testimony from former Philadelphia police informant Pamela Jenkins, that give further proof that police manipulated and pressured witnesses to give false testimony against death row political prisoner and MOVE supporter Mumia Abu-Jamal...."

Legal Update - Mumia Abu-Jamal to File New Legal Papers
"... Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal will file new legal papers in the PA Supreme Court on Monday, March 10 requesting an evidentiary hearing to present testimony from a new witness, a former police informant and government witness..."

Legal Update - Oral Arguments Denied to Mumia
"... We are greatly disheartened that the court has exercised it's discretion to disallow hearing oral argument, an event that would have occupied about an hour of the Court's time with a man's life at stake..."

Help Mumia Go On the Offensive
"...While the attorneys are donating their time, they cannot be expected to pay the sixteen hundred dollars required to pay for the transcripts of proceedings at the district court level..."

Legal Update - February 10
"...Mumia could get a decision on the whole case at any moment (coupled with a denial of the motion for oral argument)..."

1996

Text of the Appeal filed December 27, 1996 with Penn Supreme Court
"... When viewed on the totality of this record, the unprecedented and unvarnished violation of Jamal's constitutional rights dictates that the charges be dismissed...."

Mumia Asks PA Supreme Court to Dismiss Charges Leading to His 1982 Death Sentence
"... On December 27, celebrated death row author Mumia Abu-Jamal will ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to dismiss the case against him or grant a new trial based on Federal District Court (Western PA) Judge Donetta Ambrose's finding that his Sixth Amendment right to counsel was violated..."

Court Findings of Fact in Civil Rights Lawsuit
Transcipt of Federal District Court (Western PA) Judge Donetta Ambrose's December 4 finding that Mumia's Sixth Amendment right to counsel was violated.

R&R! Denounces New Attack on Mumia Abu-Jamal
"... Albert Sabo, who has presided over more death sentences than any sitting judge in the United States, ruled today that new evidence favorable to convicted journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal could not be added to the record..."

Sabotage in Philly Fails to Stop Veronica Jones
"...Uncovering her testimony is an important step in uprooting a whole chain of prosecutorial misconduct, suppression of evidence, and judicial bias that have been at the heart of the railroad of Mumia Abu-Jamal..."

Legal Update 10/1/96 - Veronica Jones in Sabo's Court
from Jamila Levi - Frontline News Service

Urgent Action Needed
Sabo has Veronica Jones arrested in the courtroom!

Back in Sabo's court, September 18, 1996
from Jamila Levi - Frontline News Service

Statement from Legal Team - 9/12/96
"... On September 4, 1996, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered that Mumia Abu-Jamal's post-conviction challenge be remanded (sent back) to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for a further hearing based on the sworn statement of Veronica Jones. Outrageously, the case has once again been assigned to Judge Sabo..."

Legal Brief Filed Regarding Veronica Jones' Testimony
"... Because of this police intimidation, Jones gave false testimony at Jamal's trial and retracted her true eyewitness account that two men fled the scene immediately after the shooting..."

Legal Update - July 12, 1996
"...The Philadelphia District Attorney's office filed a vicious, 190- page response to Mumia's appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. "It's an incredible attack," Weinglass stated. "None of us have ever seen a legal attack like it in an appellate court..."

The Appeal Process Legal Update - 7/1/96

Legal Update - Breakthrough in Case!
May 22, 1996 "...Len Weinglass, Abu-Jamal's attorney, has gotten a sworn affadavit from Veronica Jones saying that she lied at Mumia's trial in 1982 because of fierce pressure by the police...."

Legal Update - Creeping Facism
"...on Monday, May 13th the DA filed their fast-minute request with the PSC. The PSC will issue a new deadline. After the DA files its response, Mumia's lawyers will have six weeks to reply..."

1995

Summary of proceedings in Mumia Abu-Jamal's civil rights suit
"...The evidentiary hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction in Mumia Abu-Jamal v. James Price et. al. resumed October 10 and concluded October 16, 1995 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania..." - from the Jamal News Service.

Report on closing arguments for post-conviction relief September 11 & 12
from several sources, as posted to the spg-l mailing list.

Mumia Abu-Jamal's civil rights suit underway in Pittsburgh
"...At issue are blatant acts by the PA DOC to silence Mumia forever - to silence his voice of protest in the short run by denying him access to the media, and to silence him in the long run by interfering with his legal appeals, his fight to overturn the conviction and sentence..." - from the Jamal News Service.

Statement by Mumia Abu-Jamal, August 23, 1995
"...We have taken some important steps, and no doubt, have some more important steps to take, but as Mao said. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step" -- we have begun..."

Report on post-conviction relief hearing proceedings August 14 and 15
from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Western PA Committee.

Report on post-conviction relief hearing proceedings August 9, 10 and 11
from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Western PA Committee.

Report on post-conviction relief hearing proceedings August 7
from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Western PA Committee.

Verbatim text of Sabo's Stay Order
"...the law dictates that this Court grant the Defendant ample time to have these proceedings reviewed..."

Report on post-conviction relief hearing proceedings August 4
from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Western PA Committee.

Report on hearing proceedings August 1 - 3
from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Western PA Committee.

Statement by Mumia Abu-Jamal, August 7, 1995
"...I am now not under an active death warrant, although I remain under an active death sentance, thus I still sojourn in hell..."

Statement by Mumia Abu-Jamal, August 1, 1995
"...This is the warped face of American 'justice' in 1995 --twisted, biased, one-sided, and glorying in it's bent!..."

Statement by Mumia Abu-Jamal, July 29, 1995
"...Thanks to you, the forces of resistance are no longer silent; we are a leading chorus in the Song of Life..."

Report on post-conviction relief hearing proceedings July 26, 27 & 28
from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Western PA Committee.

An account of post-conviction relief hearing proceedings the morning of July 26
Testimony from the original trial lawyer.

An eyewitness account from the courtroom July 14
Judge Albert Sabo's kangaroo courtroom is a chilling reminder about Justice in the USA.

Statement by Mumia Abu-Jamal, July 12, 1995
"...True justice requires more than a stay of execution..."

July 8 memo from the legal team about Mumia's hearings
Judge Albert Sabo is purposefully refusing to rule on the petition for a stay of execution for the man he railroaded 13 years ago.

Petition For Post-Conviction Relief
This is the petition filed on June 5 calling for the court to: Vacate the conviction and sentence of death, stay the execution, and order a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal. (50K)

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