Date: Tue, 19 Sep 1995 03:57:03 GMT
Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal Protest Philadelphia Judge Sabo's denial of a new trial
From the Prison Activist Resource Center, 19 September 1995
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Albert Sabo denied death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal for a new trial last night, sparking protests by supporters around the world. Attorney Leonard Weinglass presented incontrovertible evidence in support of the 19 constitutional violations raised in Mumia Abu-Jamal's 400-page Post Conviction Relief Application (PCRA), while also arguing that Mumia was framed by the police and the prosecution. Substantive issues not addressed by the court included suppression of evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, and inadequate funds for investigation and expert testimony.
At a press conference in Philadelphia today, Pam Africa of International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal said "Sabo's decision comes as no surprise. His ruling may be legal, but that doesn't make it right. As with all his actions in this case, this ruling will only fuel people around the world to speak out for what is right - that is, a new trial for Mumia!"
"The revelations about the rampant Philadelphia police corruption exposed in recent weeks have only bolstered Mumia's substantiated claims that police intimidation silenced witnesses who said Mumia was innocent and forced others to finger him," comments Jane Henderson, co-coordinator of Equal Justice USA. "Sabo's dismissal of each and every claim Mumia has raised further demonstrates his pro-police bias." A former Philadelphia County under-sheriff, Sabo has sentenced twice as many people to death (32 total) than any other judge in the country - all but two of whom are people of color. 11 of his death penalty cases have been reversed on appeal.
Equal Justice USA and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal form the backbone of the international campaign being waged to win Mumia a new trial and expose Philadelphia's wanton use of the death penalty.
Detailed information about the case, a copy of "The Sabo Report", photos, audio and video available from Equal Justice or Concerned Friends and Family.
CALL THE ACTION HOTLINE!!
Action Hotline for the phone #'s, fax #'s and addresses of the PA supreme count call: 301-699-5007. There is an International Alert called for actions & demonstrations for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Demand a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Take to the streets and organize phone, fax, letter, and telegram campaigns to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court:
FLOOD THE OFFICES OF THE JUSTICES WITH YOUR PHONE CALLS AND FAXES:
Chief Justice Robert Nix
Justice Ralph Cappy
for more info, send e-mail to <email@example.com> or contact:
Int'l Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Equal Justice USA
Prison Activist Resource Center
PeaceNet Prison Issues Desk