[Ppnews] Appeals Court Upholds Mumia Conviction - SF Emergency Demo Friday
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Thu Mar 27 16:12:42 EDT 2008
The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
P.O. Box 10328
Oakland, CA 94610
509-267-9429 or 510-387-7714
<mailto:jmackler at lmi.net>jmackler at lmi.net
March 27, 2008
PRESS CONFERENCE/Media Release
For Immediate Release
For further information call: Jeff Mackler, Director
510-268-9429 or 510-387-7714
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR:
FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 5 PM
FEDERAL COURT HOUSE
7TH AND MISSION
The U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT REJECTS ALL APPEALS
FOR INNOCENT DEATH ROW INMATE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA ORDERED TO HOLD NEW SENTENCING HEARING WITHIN
180 DAYS. IN SUCH A HEARING JURY'S DECISION WILL BE LIMITED TO A
FINDING OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT OR EXECUTION BY LETHAL INJECTION
JURY PROHIBITED FROM FINDING OF INNOCENCE
LOCAL PROTESTS SET FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 28 FOLLOWED BY NATIONAL PROTEST
APRIL 19 (SAN FRANCISCO) AND APRIL 26 (PHILADELPHIA).
"THE DECISION OF THE THIRD CIRCUIT IS A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE," SAID
JEFF MACKLER, DIRECTOR OF THE MOBILIZATION TO FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL.
"DESPITE MASSIVE EVIDENCE OF INNOCENCE THE COURT REJECTED OUR DEMAND
FOR A NEW TRIAL WHERE THE TRUTH COULD BE HEARD FOR THE FIRST TIME."
In a shocking decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit rejected all Mr. Jamal's demands for a new trial. In 1982 Mr.
Jamal was falsely convicted of the murder of Police Officer Daniel
Faulkner in a trial where 11 or 14 Black jurors were systematically
excluded and where critical evidence proving the defendant's
innocence was excluded.
On death row for 26 years, Mr. Jamal, an award winning journalist and
the author of nine books, has led a campaign for a new trial and
freedom that has won the support of groups ranging from Amnesty
International and the European Parliament to the San Francisco,
Detroit, and Berkeley city councils.
Jamal's attorneys will appeal today's decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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