On November 9, the U.S. Third Circuit Court in Philadelphia will hear oral arguments concerning whether Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black journalist and political prisoner who has been on death row for 28 years, should be executed or given a new sentencing trial. If the court rules against Mumia he could soon be executed.
According to lead attorney Robert R. Bryan, Mumia is now “in the greatest danger since his 1981 arrest.” In 2001, U.S. District Court Judge William Yohn ruled that before Mumia could be executed there must first be a new sentencing phase jury trial where new evidence could be presented. This 2001 ruling was affirmed by the U.S. Third Circuit in 2008, but in January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated that ruling and sent the case back to the Third Circuit for reconsideration. Mountains of evidence, including witness recantations, a confession from the actual killer and photographic evidence of the crime scene, prove Mumia’s innocence. Yet state and federal courts have slammed the door on this outspoken opponent of war, racism, police brutality and corruption.
We have to stop them! Mumia must be freed!
Free Mumia! Abolish the Racist Death Penalty!
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