Pack the Courtroom! Hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal on October 29, 9:00am

Date & Time: 
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 09:00
Location: 
Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, 1301 Filbert St, Room 1105 (Judge Leon Tucker's courtroom), Philadelphia, PA

Send this international support letter to DA Krasner's email justice@phila.gov and flood his phone line 215-686-8000! It has already been signed by Alice Walker, Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, National Lawyers Guild, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and more. 

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.
 
Sincerely, 
Your Name

 

Oral arguments are now scheduled for October 29, 9:00am in Mumia Abu-Jamal's quest to file a new appeal of his conviction.

Letters recently uncovered, which make reference to other documents, suggest ongoing communications between prosecutors and then-Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille about Mumia's case and other death penalty cases. Castille, who is now a judge on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, ruled on aspects of Mumia's case at the time Mumia was still on death row. These documents certainly raise some important questions about Judge Castille's impartiality in Mumia's case.

Demonstrate your support for justice for Mumia with your presence in Judge Leon Tucker's courtroom for this hearing. Truly, your support helps strengthen the effort to get justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.