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There will be a book release/birthday party for
Mumia and to free all political prisoners on
Saturday, April 25, 5-7 pm at the Southern
California Library for Social Studies, 6120 S
Vermont, L.A. We must continue to mobilize for
Mumia and all political prisoners, and against
the death penalty. We will be showing "In Prison
All My Life" a new British documentary about
Mumia, will have copies of the book for sale,
will be signing birthday cards to send to Mumia
and planning further action. Updates on other
political prisoners including the SF8, Puerto Rican POWs, etc.

From: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL <nattyreb@gmail.com>
Subject: !*Supreme Court lets Mumia Abu-Jamal's Conviction Stand
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 13:40:06 -0400
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According to this article just released, the US
Supreme Court announced that they will not give
further consideration to Mumia's appeal for a new
guilt-phase trial (in legalese, they won't grant
his "Petition for a Writ of Certiorari")

However, it also says that the US Supreme Court
may still consider the DA's appeal to re-instate
the death penalty without a new sentencing hearing!

This is another terribly dark day for justice in this country!

Hans Bennett
Abu-Jamal-News.com
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Supreme Court lets Mumia Abu-Jamal's conviction stand
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/04/06/mumia.supreme.court/
By Bill Mears
CNN Supreme Court Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court has let
stand the conviction of former Black Panther
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sent to death row for
gunning down a Philadelphia police officer 28 years ago.

He contends blacks were unfairly excluded from
the jury, and has been an outspoken activist from behind bars.

The justices made their announcement Monday.

A separate appeal over whether Abu-Jamal deserves
a new sentencing hearing has not been taken up by the high court.

Prosecutors are appealing a federal appeals court
ruling in Abu-Jamal's favor last year on the
sentencing issue. The case has attracted
international attention amid charges of
prosecutorial misconduct and the inmate's outspoken personality.

Abu-Jamal, a former radio reporter and cab driver
has been a divisive figure, with many prominent
supporters arguing that racism pervaded his
trial. Others countered Abu-Jamal is using his
skin color to escape responsibility for his
actions. They say he has divided the community
for years with his provocative writing and activism.

He was convicted for the December 9, 1981, murder
of Officer Daniel Faulkner, 25, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Faulkner had pulled over
Abu-Jamal's brother in a late-night traffic stop.
Witnesses said Abu-Jamal, who was nearby, ran
over and shot the policeman in the back and in the head.

Abu-Jamal, once known as Wesley Cook, was also
wounded in the encounter and later confessed to
the killing, according to other witnesses testimony.

Abu-Jamal is black and the police officer was white.

Incarcerated for nearly three decades, Abu-Jamal
has been an active critic of the criminal justice system.

On a Web site created by friends to promote the
release this month of his new book, the
prisoner-turned-author writes about his fight.
"This is the story of law learned, not in the
ivory towers of multi-billion dollar endowed
universities but in the bowels of the slave-ship,
in the hidden, dank dungeons of America."

His chief defense attorney, Robert Bryan, had
urged the justices to grant a new criminal trial,
but the high court offered no explanation for its refusal to intervene.

"The central issue in this case is racism in jury
selection," Bryan wrote to supporters last month.
Ten whites and two blacks made up the original
jury panel that sentenced Abu-Jamal to death.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court
of Appeals a year ago kept the murder conviction
in place, but ordered a new capital sentencing
hearing. That court ultimately concluded the jury
was improperly instructed on how to weigh
"mitigating factors" offered by the defense that
might have kept Abu-Jamal off death row.

Pennsylvania law at the time said jurors did not
have to unanimously agree on a mitigating
circumstance, such as the fact that Abu-Jamal had no prior criminal record.

Months before that ruling, oral arguments on the
issue were contentious. Faulkner's widow and
Abu-Jamal's brother attended, and demonstrations
on both sides were held outside the courtroom in downtown Philadelphia.

Many prominent groups and individuals, including
singer Harry Belafonte, the NAACP and the
European Parliament, are cited on his Web site as
supporters. Prosecutors have insisted Abu-Jamal
pay the price for his crimes, and have
aggressively resisted efforts to take him of death row for Faulkner's murder.

"This assassination has been made a circus by
those people in the world and this city who
believe falsely that Mumia Abu-Jamal is some kind
of a folk hero," said Philadelphia District
Attorney Lynne Abraham last year, when the
federal appeals court upheld the conviction. "He
is nothing short of an assassin."

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WE'VE GOT TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD, TO BUILD THIS
MOVEMENT LARGER THAN EVER, TALK ABOUT MUMIA'S
CASE, CONTACT THE ICFFMAJ TO HELP DO WORK ON
MUMIA'S BEHALF, HOST A BOOK PARTY, HELP
FUNDRAISE, HELP WITH PHONE CALLS, DO P.E. AROUND
MUMIA'S CASE, DON'T JUST WEAR THE T-SHIRT OR
SPORT HIS PIX ON YOUR WEB PAGE, THERE IS A JOB
FOR EVERYONE TO DO, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE!! -- Sis. Marpessa

The Power of Truth is Final -- Free Mumia!

Audio of most of Mumia's essays are at: http://www.prisonradio.org

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VIDEO OF TROY DAVIS:

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/99578/jimmy_carter_calls_for_clemency_for_troy_davis/

New York Times


September 13, 2008

Death Penalty Is Upheld in Publicized Georgia Case

ATLANTA — A Georgia parole board on Friday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989, despite a group of witnesses who recanted their testimonies against the convict.

It was the second time in two years that the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for the man, Troy A. Davis, despite his lawyers’ claims of police misconduct.

Mr. Davis, 39, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Jackson, Ga., on Sept. 23, unless the United States Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal.

A county jury in 1991 convicted Mr. Davis in the 1989 murder of Mark Allen MacPhail, an off-duty police officer moonlighting as a security guard who was shot to death while responding to a late-night fight at a Burger King in Savannah.

Mr. Davis testified he was at a nearby pool hall and left before Officer MacPhail arrived. The prosecution offered no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprints tying Mr. Davis to the killing but instead relied heavily on testimony from witnesses. Since the trial, seven key witnesses have recanted, saying they were bullied by investigators into lying under oath.

The case has received international publicity; 20,000 people signed petitions asking that Mr. Davis be spared the death penalty.

“Troy’s case represents everything wrong with the death penalty — from procedural obstacles to racial bias to witness mishandling to inadequate counsel,” said Jared Feuer of Amnesty International.

The head of the Southern Center for Human Rights, Stephen B. Bright, a law professor at Yale, called the decision “shocking.”

“For somebody to be executed,” Mr. Bright said, “we really should be sure beyond doubt that the person is guilty.”


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Mumia(This announcement comes from the International Action Center.  The IAC is not affiliated with ¡Cafe Intifada!)

All Out for Mumia Abu-Jamal! Join Danny Glover, Cynthia McKinney and many others in Philadelphia!

Thurs • May 179:00 a.m. in front of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit  6th and Market Streets

What you can do to help get the word out:

We are asking everyone to contact the media and ask them to cover the events of May 17 — don’t let them ignore Mumia Abu-Jamal on this important day.

Below is a list of email addresses and a sample letter, which you can cut and paste, modify, and send to as many outlets as possible:

** Sample Letter **

Dear Editor:

In just a few days, lawyers for journalist and political activist Mumia Abu-Jamal will present oral arguments in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on why Mumia, who has now spent almost 25 years on death row, deserves the right to a new trial.  The court will decide after May 17 whether Mumia will be given a fair trial, life in prison, or execution.  This case concerns, not only Mumia Abu-Jamal’s right to a fair trial, but the struggle against the death penalty and the racist political repression of an outspoken journalist.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is recognized internationally as a political prisoner whose Constitutional rights have been consistently violated in the state’s mad dash to railroad him to execution.  Mumia has been declared an honorary citizen of Paris, Palermo, the Central District of Copenhagen.  Mumia was awarded the coveted Solhvervfonden Foundation Award in Copenhagen, Denmark for his services to humanity as a voice of conscience.  Amnesty International has called for a new trial “on the basis that his original trial was deeply flawed.”    (see the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal website for more information: http://www.mumia.org )

On May 17, activists from all over the world will assemble in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to support Mumia Abu-Jamal’s right to a fair trial.  I urge you to cover this historic event.

Sincerely,

PHILADELPHIA Newspapers

brennac@phillynews.com
info@aldiainc.com
lspikol@philadelphiaweekly.com
info@phila-tribune.com
editorial@pnonews.com
newstip@dailypennsylvania.com
gbogota@aol.com
pronews@phillynews.com
pgn@epgn.com
editor@phillyrecord.com
weeklypress@philly1.com
westsidepa@aol.com
janice.shellenberger@mcall.com
plupinacci@courierpostonline.com
newsroom@delcotimes.com
btrayes@timesherald.com
editor@theeveningbulletin.com
notebook@thenotebook.org
submissions@philadelphiawriters.com
phoenix@swarthmore.edu
editor@trentonian.com.
news@njtimes.com
gcnews@sjnewsco.com
bgallow@sjnewsco.com
jowens@express-times.com
mgray@sjnewsco.com

PHILADELPHIA TELEVISION

tara_nurin@cable.comcast.com
talkback@whyy.org
CYBER6@ABC.COM
njnnews@njn.org

PHILADELPHIA RADIO

newstips@kyw.com
NewsTips @ KYW1060info.com
WGLS@ROWAN.EDU
pnocarol@yahoo.com
Info@wpebfm.org
events@wkdu.org
community@wprb.com
whrc@haverford.edu
sam@wnwr.com
wdnr895@mail.widener.edu
ud-wvud@udel.edu

PHILADELPHIA WEB BASED MEDIA

info@phillyimc.org

NATIONAL & International Print
info@ap.org
national@latimes.com
national@nytimes.com
info@metro.lu
national@washpost.com
news@edit.nydailynews.com
bobherb@nytimes.com
rvnny@reuters.com
editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk
editor@usatoday.com
tips@upi.com

NATIONAL & International Television
wn@abcnews.go.com
MSNBC_BreakingNews_NewsMail@MSNBC.COM
evening@cbsnews.com
comments@foxnews.com
nightly@nbc.com
atc@npr.org
http://www.cnn.com/feedback/

NYC Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, International Action Center and FIST-Fight Imperialism, Stand Together youth group will be organizing buses to Philadelphia.

Buses will be leaving from 33rd St. and 8th Ave. at 5:30am and in front of 55 W. 17th St. at 6a.m. For bus tickets, call 212-633-6646. Go to http://www.millions4mumia.org to download May 17 literature.

Here are some facts:

* The oral argument in the case of death row, political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is scheduled on May 17, 9:30 am, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Ceremonial Courtroom, 1st Floor, U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and the National Lawyers Guild, which have filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs, are also participating.

* This case concerns Mr. Abu-Jamal’s right to a fair trial, the struggle against the death penalty, and the political repression of an outspoken journalist. Racism and politics are threads that have run through this case since his 1981 arrest. The complex issues under consideration, which are of great constitutional significance, include:

* Whether Mr. Abu-Jamal was denied the right to due process of law and a fair trial under the Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments because of the prosecutor’s “appeal-after- appeal” argument which encouraged the jury to disregard the presumption of innocence and reasonable doubt, and err on the side of guilt.

* Whether the prosecution’s use of peremptory challenges to exclude African Americans from sitting on the jury violated Mr. Abu-Jamal’s rights to due process and equal protection of the law under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, and con°©travened Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986).

* Whether the jury instructions and verdict form that resulted in the death penalty deprived Mr. Abu-Jamal of rights guar°©anteed by the Eight and Fourteenth Amend°©ments to due process of law, equal protection of the law, and not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and violated Mills v. Maryland, 486 U.S. 367 (1988), since the judge precluded the jurors from considering any mitigating evidence unless they all agreed on the existence of a particular circumstance.

* Whether Mr. Abu-Jamal was denied due process and equal protection of the law under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments during post-conviction hearings as the result of the bias and racism of Judge Albert F. Sabo, which included the comment that he was “going to help ‘em fry the ni – – er”.

Mumia has always fought for people’s rights! A united, broad movement can save Mumia from a legal lynching! Free Mumia, Leonard Peltier, the Cuban 5, the MOVE 9 & all political prisoners

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