Mumia--Call to action--death warrant signed (fwd)

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Wed Oct 13 20:27:48 MDT 1999





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Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 22:25:18 -0400 ()
From: ! <yu217096 at YorkU.CA>
To: yu217096 at yorku.ca
Subject: Mumia--Call to action--death warrant signed

In Toronto, Friends of MOVE have called a demo at the US consulate (on
University, between Dundas and Queen) for 1PM this Saturday, Oct. 16.
Call 416-760-2152 for info about the action

SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!
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>Death warrant signed for Mumia Abu-Jamal
>Today, Wednesday, October 13th, Governor Ridge signed the death warrant
for Mumia Abu-Jamal and has set December 2nd as the execution date. There
must be a strong response.
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>In NYC, there will be an Emergency Response tomorrow, Thursday, October 14th:
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>(1) 1-2pm Gather at PBA (Police Benevolent Assn), 40 Fulton St. and demand
"Hands of Mumia!"
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>(2) 2pm  March up Broadway to Times Square
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>(3) 4:30pm Demonstrate at Times Square (@ 42nd St. and Broadway)
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>There will be a demonstration in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 16th at:
>Pennsylvania State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, 11 am
>People are riding the train down and there will be buses from NYC.  Call
the Free Mumia Coalition Hotline 212-330-8029 and the In'tl Action Center
212+633-6646 for more info.
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>Please distribute the information on the emergency rallies as widely as
possible.  Following is information from Mumia’s legal team.
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>PA Governor Signs Mumia Abu Jamal's Death Warrant Despite Expected Habeus
Corpus Petition Citing New Evidence of Innocence, Prosecutorial Misconduct,
Racial Bias
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>Abu Jamal's Legal Team to File Habeus Corpus Petition Friday, October 15
At 10:00 a.m. at the Federal District Court in Philadelphia, PA
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>Press Conference Will Follow at 11:00 a.m. at the American Friends
Services Committee, 15th and Cherry Street
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>Rush to Execute Violates Defendant's Basic Legal Rights and Opposes
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>Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations' Recent Call for a
Moratorium on Executions
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>PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Ridge of Pennsylvania today
signed the death warrant of Mumia Abu Jamal, despite an expected habeus
corpus petition from the defendant's lawyers citing: fabrication and
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>suppression of evidence; racial bias in selecting jurors; and denial of the
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>right to self- representation, among other arguments.
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>This is the 171st death warrant Governor Ridge has signed since 1994 -- five
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>times the number signed by his predecessors over a 25-year period.
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>Ninety-nine percent of those warrants signed by Ridge were done while the
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>inmates still had time to appeal.
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>Aside from not waiting for the habeus corpus petition -- a process that all
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>defendants are legally entitled to -- Governor Ridge also decided to sign
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>Jamal's warrant despite the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations'
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>recent call for a moratorium on all executions until the death penalty
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>system is proven just.
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>One of the system's infirmities, acknowledged by the bar associations, has
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>to do with racial prejudice. While nine percent of Pennsylvania's total
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>population is African-American, for example, the percentage on death row is
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>nearly seven times that amount (62%). This is the largest racial disparity
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>of any state in the United States.
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>In addition, a 1998 study by Professor Baldus at the University of Iowa
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>found that a young African-American man growing up in Philadelphia is 11.5
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>times more likely to end up on death row than in Georgia or Alabama.
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>``Ridge is rushing to execute before all the evidence has been presented,''
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>said Leonard Weinglass, Jamal's lead attorney. ``Since when does one man's
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>political motivations override another's right to a fair trial, especially
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>when a human life is in question?''
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>Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 81 people have been
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>exonerated. Rushing executions assures that people who are on death row as a
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>result of errors in process or issues of actual innocence will not be saved
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>through the appellate process.
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>The habeus corpus petition, which Governor Ridge knew was being filed for
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>federal review, contains more than 29 separate issues of Constitutional
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>violations that occurred in Jamal's trial and appeal. It is more than 150
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>pages, and contains more than 600 paragraphs of factual allegations
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>pertinent to the case.
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>``Several arguments will be raised in the petition demonstrating that Jamal
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>never received a meaningful trial and that compelling evidence of innocence
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>was ignored by the state courts of Pennsylvania,'' said Daniel Williams, co-
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>counsel.
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>``Above and beyond the issue of innocence -- which is paramount in this
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>case -- are the transcendent issues of whether or not in the 1990's someone
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>ought to be executed when the trial attorney admits he interviewed no
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>witnesses and conducted no investigation; when 11 African-American jurors
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>were removed on the basis of race; and when the prosecution wrongly used a
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>teenager's political statements to give the death penalty to an adult 12
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>years later,'' said Weinglass.
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>In addition to the defending attorneys, those working to ensure a fair trial
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>for Jamal include: Amnesty International, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the
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>European Parliament, Reverend Jesse Jackson and many others.
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>SOURCE: Leonard Weinglass, Esq.
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