Blow the Lid Off Philly DA Cover Ups - Free Mumia

 Blow the Lid Off Philly DA Cover Ups - Free Mumia

Morgen endet eine 4-wöchige Frist, die Richter Tucker der Staatsanwaltschaft einräumte, um sämtliche Mumia-Akten zu Berufungsverfahren der 80'er Jahre beizubringen. Berufungsrichter Ron Castille war offensichtlich befangen, da er in einer vorherigen Instanz bei der Staatsanwaltschaft mitwirkte. Das Ausmaß seiner Verwicklung in die Strafverfolgung wird untersucht.Die Solibewegung für Mumia veranstaltet hierzu eine Kundgebung und Pressekonferenz vor der Bezirksstaatsanwalt um 2 pm Ortszeit (20 h bei uns).


Pressure DA's office to release documents pertaining to former DA Ron Castille's handling of Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeals.


Philadelphia—On Tuesday, May 30th, The Mobilization For Mumia, a coalition of human rights groups in support of political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, will host a 2PM press conference and rally at the Philadelphia DA’s office to demand that the office comply with a recent court order in the Abu-Jamal case: the release, by May 30th, of all files that cite the involvement in this case of former DA Ronald Castille. The Press Conference will be followed by a march to key media outlets, demanding balanced coverage of the recent Supreme Court precedent that re-opened this world famous case as well as the cases of at least 16 other Philadelphia defendants. The coalition is also asking the public to call the DA’s office to demand the release of all files in the Abu-Jamal case, as well as the files of these 16 other cases, all of which were heard on April 24, 2017.


Baruch College Historian, Dr. Johanna Fernández explains, “The current battle for accountability in the Philly DA’s office is bound up in what happened in the Court of Common Pleas when seventeen defendants, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, presented the same claim to Judge Leon Tucker. Each defendant argued separately that one man, the former D.A. turned PA Supreme Court judge, Ronald Castille, played the role of prosecutor and judge in each of their cases— a conflict of interest and violation of the constitution. These cases were eclipsed in recent mainstream debates because they threaten to deepen the crisis of legitimacy in the Philly DA’s office. It’s far more expedient to focus on Seth Williams’ petty corruption, than to open a Pandora’s box: in addition to the specific legal violation that brought these defendants to court, their cases are rife with suppression of evidence by Philly prosecutors.


These hearings and dozens of others were granted on the basis of a recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Williams v. Pennsylvania, which ruled that it is a violation of due process for a judge to rule on a case in which he/she had prior personal involvement as prosecutor.


Many of the cases heard by Judge Leon Tucker on the Williams v PA claim received favorable rulings. In the Abu-Jamal case, Judge Tucker ordered “Discovery” within 30 days of his April 28th, 2017 ruling—that the DA’s office find and turn over to Abu-Jamal’s attorneys a broad category of internal documents they need to prove their claims. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys contend that Castille played a role in the case, that Abu-Jamal’s initial appeals coincided with Castille’s tenure as DA and that as top prosecutor, Castille was invested in heightened prosecutorial activity against one of the highest profile cases in the history of the Philadelphia DA’s office. As in the William’s case, Judge Castille’s refusal to recuse himself from Abu-Jamal’s appeals hearings violated the defendant’s right to due process.


During the April 24 hearing District Attorney Ronald Eisenberg held, among other arguments, that if Judge Leon Tucker ruled in favor of Abu-Jamal, this case alone would overburden his office and the higher courts.  Eisenberg failed to say that should Abu-Jamal’s appeal proceed it would open the door to hundreds of similar claims and create a firestorm for former prosecutors who went on to review the same cases when they became judges.


Even before Judge Tucker’s ruling, the Philadelphia DA’s office was under increasing scrutiny for its climate of racism and collusion with the Fraternal Order of Police.  In addition to Castille’s direct role in these cases during his tenure in the DA’s office, his election campaign to the PA Supreme Court was heavily backed and financed by the FOP.  In addition, it was under DA Ron Castille's reign that the infamous “Jack McMahon training tape” was produced to train Philly prosecutors to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court ban on racial discrimination in jury selection. In the tape, McMahon instructs prosecutors: “Blacks from low-income areas are less likely to convict…you don’t want these people on your jury.” 


According to Pam Africa, “If we are not vigilant, the long history of corruption and suppression of evidence in the Philadelphia D.A.’s office could stand in the way of Mumia’s files from seeing the light of day.”


PA resident Joe Piette explains “The potential to re-open Mumia’s conviction case is dangerous to certain people in high places. The case is rife with suppression of evidence of innocence, evidence tampering by the police, and coercion of witnesses to finger Mumia. The PA establishment has consistently lied about the facts of this case and demonized Mumia and politicians have consistently used this case to win votes through racially divisive law and order politics.”


According to Tiffany Robbins, “This opening in the case follows on the heels of Mumia’s major victory around humane healthcare for prisoners.” In January, a court order guaranteed Mumia’s right to be treated with the Hep C cure. Robbins continues “this court order was the result of a two year legal and political battle that could not have been won without grassroots organizing. The attention garnered by Mumia’s near-death, medical crisis and the subsequent public campaign we launched on the Hep C epidemic in the prisons and communities across PA, may be partly responsible for a recent decision by Governor Tom Wolf to extend the Hep C anti-viral drugs to Medicaid recipients.”


The importance of Judge Tucker’s decision lies in its challenge to the numerous legal roadblocks, especially in the federal courts, to Habeas Corpus and petitioners’ rights to appeal their convictions.  In 1989, the US Supreme Court established such a limit in Teague v. Lane, which ruled that petitioners in the final stages of appeal would not be granted relief on violations of criminal procedure, barring the emergence of a new “watershed rule of criminal procedure.” In identifying, for the first time in US history, an “objective” definition of judicial bias, the Williams v PA as appears to meet the guidelines of this exception.


More information can be found through Mobilization4Mumia on facebook or by contacting

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Castille verhielt sich in weiteren Verfahren ähnlich, was dem inzwischen pensionierten Richter vor kurzem zum Verhängnis wurde. Mumias Mitgefangener Terrence „Butter“ Williams konnte nun vor dem US Supreme Court durchsetzen, dass Castille sich in seinem Verfahren aus eben diesem beschriebenen Interessenskonflikt hätte raushalten müssen (Williams v. Commonwealth/). Ob nun auch Mumia am 24. April 2017 einen neuen Klageweg zugesprochen bekommt?

Das hängt nicht zuletzt von uns und unserer materiellen und politischen Unterstützung für ihn und sein Verteidigungsteam ab.

Vor diesem Hintergrund ruft das Bundesweite Free-Mumia-Netzwerk nun wieder verstärkt zu Spenden auf, um die Bewegung in den USA bei den politischen und juristischen Auseinandersetzungen zu unterstützen:


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Es läuft derzeit gut für Mumia. Gestern (Sonntag, 28. Mai 2017) berichtete er auf Prison Radio, dass er nach seiner vor ca.  sechs Wochen begonnen Behandlung inzwischen frei von Hepatitis-C sei. Zwar habe er bereits eine Leberzirrhose durch die verzögerte Behandlung der Gewfängnisbehörde davon getragen, aber er sei sich sicher, dass er auch diese Hüde mithilfe der Solidaritätsbewegung nehmen werde:


Health News (2:40) by Mumia Abu-Jamal



Pennsylvanias Gouverneur Tom Wolf verfügte darüber hinaus, dass alle Gefangenen des Bundesstaates, die im gleichen Krankheitsstadium wie Mumia sind, ebenfalls mit dem extrem teuren Medikament behandelt werden. Die Anti-Knast-Bewegung in Pennsylvania hat damit zusammen mit den Gefangenen erstaunliches gegen die profitorientierte Gefängnisindustrie erreicht.