KPFA’s Up Front interviewed Rachel Wolkenstein on Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s decision to appeal Judge Tucker’s ruling that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ron Castille violated the Pennsylvania Code of Judicial Conduct as well as Mumia’s due process rights. Castille did this by serving as Philadelphia’s District Attorney, responsible for prosecuting Mumia’s direct appeals (and seeking to execute Mumia), and then afterwards presiding as PA Supreme Court Chief Justice over Mumia’s subsequent collateral (PCRA) appeals.
Wolkenstein also discusses the “discovery” of additional boxes of files in the Philadelphia DA’s office which were not disclosed to Judge Tucker during the hearings.
[Please note that the following article is posted for informational purposes only. It does not represent the position of the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia. Contrary to the Philadelphia NAACP, Mumia’s case is not only about “due process”. The evidence, in our opinion, clearly shows that Mumia was framed for the murder of Daniel Faulkner.]
[Please note: the following article is posted for informational purposes only. The Labor Action Committee does not approve of language in the article such as “convicted cop killer”. A so-called “conviction” before a trial judge (Judge Sabo) who stated before trial that “I’m going to help them fry the n—–” is not a legitimate conviction. To the contrary, the evidence quite clearly shows that Mumia was framed for the murder of Daniel Faulkner.]
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Friday appealed a judge’s ruling that convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal should be allowed to reargue his appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The decision is the latest development in the long-running post-conviction saga of Abu-Jamal, 64, a former Black Panther and sometime radio reporter serving a life sentence for the Dec. 9, 1981, shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, 25, at 13th and Locust Streets.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has informed a judge that prosecutors have found six boxes of files in the case of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal that may be significant to his appeals effort. Or, they could just be copies of existing documents.
In a Jan. 3 letter to Common Pleas Court Judge Leon W. Tucker, Assistant District Attorney Tracey Kavanagh wrote that the boxes were discovered Dec. 28, a day after Tucker ruled that Abu-Jamal can reargue an appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
In his 36-page decision filed Dec. 27, Tucker noted that prosecutors had failed to produce two documents they were obligated to preserve while Abu-Jamal’s appeals were active. The unavailability of the documents could be prejudicial to Abu-Jamal, but the prosecutors’ conduct was not egregious, Tucker said.