LAC Statement on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Withdrawal of Appeal

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April 23, 2019

          The recent decision by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, withdrawing the DA’s opposition to Mumia’s appeal from the Tucker decision, came about because of the persistent and dedicated efforts of political organizers across the United States and internationally.

          This decision did not come out of nowhere. If rallies and marches had not been organized in Philadelphia; if individuals and organizations had not taken action to convince the RebLaw Conference at Yale, in February 2019, to do the right thing and disinvite Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner; if activists had not repeatedly and consistently shown up at the DA’s office to confront DA Krasner; if individuals of conscience had not contacted DA Krasner to place personal pressure on him; and, most importantly, if the supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal had not kept up the political fight on his behalf, the District Attorney’s office would not have made this decision at all.

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DA Krasner Withdraws Appeal of Order Allowing Mumia Abu-Jamal New Rights to Appeal His Conviction—Free Mumia, NOW!

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[The LAC is forwarding on this statement from Rachel Wolkenstein.]

April 17, 2019: This withdrawal of his appeal of Judge Tucker’s grant of new appeal rights to Mumia Abu-Jamal is DA Krasner’s concession to the international protest in support of Mumia’s freedom, including the condemnation of Krasner for continuing the cover-up of Mumia’s frame-up.

Krasner’s decision means that Mumia’s appeals of his conviction can proceed. We won’t be faced with years of legal challenges just to get to a new appeal of all the evidence of Mumia’s innocence, the frame-up and denial of virtually every due process right at trial.

This is an historic win for Mumia and all those held in the grip of this racist criminal injustice system facing biased judges, many in the pay of the police, and subjected to police, prosecutor’s and judicial misconduct.

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LAC Film Showing: From Death Row, Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal invites you to a film showing at the OMNI Commons this Friday evening, April 19th.

Film Showing:

From Death Row, Mumia Abu-Jamal
OMNI Commons,
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland, California
7 p.m.

We will discuss the breaking news from Philadelphia with the DA’s announcement that they will not appeal Judge Tucker’s ruling, provide a legal update, and discuss next steps.

This ruling has the potential to lead to Mumia’s release. It is of critical importance that all of Mumia’s supporters keep their efforts up for a mass mobilization to Free Mumia!

BREAKING NEWS: Philadelphia DA Drops Appeal of Judge Tucker’s Ruling

[This announcement is posted for informational purposes only. The LAC has consistently maintained that Mumia is factually innocent, and does not agree with the Philadelphia DA’s characterization of the case.]

PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ben Waxman
Phone: 215–686–8711, benjamin.waxman@phila.gov

PHILADELPHIA (April 17th, 2019) — Today the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office withdrew its recent appeal of an opinion granting a re-hearing of some previously decided issues in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. We withdrew the appeal because the opinion we appealed has been modified consistent with our primary concern — -that ruling’s effect on many other cases.

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