Who is Mumia Abu-Jamal?
Mumia Abu-Jamal is an award-winning Pennsylvania journalist who exposed police violence against minority communities. On death row since 1982, he was wrongfully sentenced for the shooting of a police officer. New evidence, including the recantation of a key eyewitness, as well as new ballistic and forensic evidence points to his innocence. Mumia had no criminal record.
His case is currently on appeal before the Federal District Court in Philadelphia. Mumia’s fight for a new trial has won the support of tens of thousands around the world, including Subcomandante Marcos, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, The European Parliament, Alice Walker, Paul Newman, Maya Angelou, Sister Helen Prejean, Danny Glover, Rage Against The Machine, the Detroit and San Francisco City Councils, Amnesty International, and many others. Mumia Abu-Jamal’s fate rests with all those people who believe in every person’s right to justice and a fair trial.
“I remain innocent. A court cannot make an innocent man guilty. Any ruling founded on injustice is not justice. The righteous fight for life, liberty, and for justice can only continue.” – Mumia Abu-Jamal , Oct. 31, 1998
Facts about Mumia’s 1982 trial:
The Judge, Albert Sabo, sentenced more people to death than any other sitting judge in the US.
The public defender didn’t interview a single witness in preparation for the trial, and didn’t have funds for defending a capital case.
The prosecutor removed 11 qualified African Americans from the jury. He also argued for the death penalty because of Mumia’s membership in the Black Panther Party, a practice later condemned as unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court.
The racial bias of Philadelphia’s courts has resulted in 120 people on death row, all but 13 non-white.
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