Press release on Mumia's appeal, FREE HIM NOW !
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Onderwerp: Press release on Mumia's appeal
MUMIA'S ATTORNEYS DEMAND SUPREME COURT HEAR TESTIMONY FROM THE MAN WHO SHOT
DANIEL FAULKNER ____________________________________________________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Eliot Grossman (626) 943-1945,
innjustice1066 at yahoo.com Mike Farrell (215) 925-1105;
jmfarrell at earthlink.net
PHILADELPHIA. Attorneys for death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal filed
their appeal brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, August 27,
The appeal brief argues that Jamal is the innocent victim of a frame- up by
corrupt police and organized crime and demands his immediate release. The
attorneys are asking the court to invoke a little-used procedure to itself
hear testimony under oath from ex-mob hitman Arnold Beverly, who swears
that he was hired to shoot and kill Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and
Jamal had nothing to do with the shooting. Beverly states in a videotape of
his confession that he will testify in any court. Jamal's attorneys have
declined to disclose Beverly's whereabouts, stating only that he is
"underground" but has promised to come to court to testify whenever he is
given the chance to do so.
Jamal's appeal is also based on the sworn statement of Court Stenographer
Terri Maurer-Carter who states that, at the time of Jamal's trial in 1982,
she heard the trial judge, Albert Sabo, say in reference to Jamal:
"Yeah, and I'm going to help 'em fry the n****r!" According to Jamal's
attorneys, Sabo, who died earlier this year, never denied under oath having
made the racist statement attributed to him by Maurer-Carter. In their
brief, Jamal's attorneys excoriate Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe for
ruling that Sabo's racism was irrelevant and that Jamal had no right to an
impartial judge, comparing her ruling to the pre-Civil War "Dred Scott
decision" in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Scott, a Black slave
suing for his freedom, "had no rights the white man is bound to respect."
Prominent Los Angeles attorney Mike Yamamoto, who was named "Defense
Attorney of the Year" by the Criminal Justice Section of the L.A. County
Bar, and is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar
Association, filed an "amicus" (friend of the court) brief in support of
Jamal on behalf of unions from around the world, including International
Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 10 (San Francisco), International
Longshore Association Local 1422 (Charleston), National Association of
Letter Carriers Golden Gate Chapter (San Francisco), National Union of
Journalists (United Kingdom), and Independent Local Unions "Zahyst" and
"Uspih" (Kiev, Ukraine). The Yamamoto brief argues that Mumia is innocent
based upon an independent review of the evidence.
Denver attorneys Watson Gallegher and Rich Garcia, representing the Rocky
Mountains Human Rights Law Group, filed an amicus brief in support of
Jamal, arguing that international human rights law requires the
Pennsylvania courts to hear the evidence which proves that Jamal is
innocent, including the confession of Arnold Beverly.
Philadelphia attorney Michael Coard is local counsel on the amicus briefs.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is represented by British barrister Nick Brown, Chicago
attorney Marlene Kamish, Los Angeles attorney Eliot Lee Grossman, and
Philadelphia attorney J. Michael Farrell.
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