Category Archives: Legal Updates

Court: Evidence To Free Mumia, To Be Continued…

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Rachel Wolkenstein, lawyer for Mumia, reports on the August 30th hearing, 2018

District Attorney Larry Krasner Opposes Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Petition for New Rights of Appeal – Despite Clear Evidence of Ronald Castille’s Bias and Conflict of Interest When He Participated As a PA Supreme Court Justice Denying Abu-Jamal’s Post-Conviction Appeals from 1998-2012

Next Court Date: October 29, 2018

September 1—Additional demands for discovery made by Mumia’s lawyers at the August 30 court proceeding led to Judge Tucker granting a 60-day continuance. The new date for oral argument that Mumia’s appeal denial should be vacated and new appeal rights granted is now scheduled for October 29, 2018.

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San Francisco Labor Council Passes Resolution Supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal

The San Francisco Labor Council has passed a resolution calling for disclosure of the DA’s files in Mumia’s case and for Mumia’s release. The resolution is posted below.

SF Labor Council Resolution for Mumia


Whereas, Mumia Abu-Jamal, the most prominent political prisoner in the U.S., has been defended by trade unions internationally, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and

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Japanese Workers Demand Freedom for Mumia

The Japanese Rail Union, Doro-Chiba, along with the defense committee for Japanese political prisoner Hoshino Fumiaki, have issued a letter calling for Mumia’s release and the disclosure of all files by the Pennsylvania DA.

Hoshino Fumiaki is Japan’s most famous political prisoner. He was framed for murdering a policeman by the Japanese government in retaliation for protesting against the Okinawa Reversion  Agreement, which ratified the continuing  US bases  in Okinawa, in 1971.

A link to the letter and the text are below.

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ILWU Local 10 Demands Full Disclosure of Prosecution Files

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10 has passed a resolution calling for full disclosure of all the police and prosecutorial files in Mumia’s case. A link to the resolution, and an accompanying letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, is below:

ILWU Local 10 Resolution to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
ILWU Local 10 Letter for Mumia

The files are necessary in order to determine the involvement of then-Philadelphia DA, and later Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ron Castille’s involvement in calling for the death penalty for Mumia. The US Supreme Court recently ruled that a judge cannot preside over appeals by a prisoner for whom he was  personally involved in seeking the death penalty, and the files, which the Philadelphia DA refuses to provide, undoubtedly contain documents showing Castille’s personal involvement.

Maritime Union of Australia Support Letter for Mumia

The Maritime Union of Australia has issued a letter calling for Mumia’s release. A link  to the  letter by Branch Secretary Bob Carnegie, along with its text, are below.

MUA Letter for Mumia

2 January 2018

District Attorney Larry Krasner
Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney
# S. Penn Square, Philadelphia PA, 19107

Dear Sir,

The Queensland Branch of the Maritime Union of Australia calls on you to release Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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