February 2012. It was a victory in a world of few victories. Philadelphia prosecutors decided not to take a chance on the outcome of a new trial on the sentencing of Mumia Abu-Jamal, which could have exposed police corruption and racism. Mumia’s death sentence was off the table!
They chickened out.
After 30 years of relentlessly trying to get this innocent man legally murdered, and while elements in the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are still frothing at the mouth for Mumia’s death, the Philadelphia establishment called it a day.
By Rachel Wolkenstein
February 1, 2012
Fifty days after the Philadelphia District Attorney conceded defeat in its attempt to legally lynch Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) was compelled to abandon its efforts to keep Mumia in the tortuous conditions of Administrative Custody (AC) (more commonly known as solitary or “the hole”). In the face of an ever-growing international protest campaign, the threat of legal action and Mumia’s courage and political integrity, on Friday morning, January 27, 2012, Mumia was moved into general population at SCI Mahanoy.
For weeks the DOC insisted that Mumia would be held in AC until it received the “paper work” stating he is resentenced to life imprisonment. This bogus rationale isrepresentative of the arbitrariness and abuse of power exercised by the DOC, since its own documents state that the District Attorney agreed Mumia no longer had a death sentence. When Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth Williams, with the backing of the FOP, agreed to life imprisonment rather than trying again for an execution, they threatened to make Mumia’s life imprisonment as restrictive and difficult as possible.