Six boxes of suppressed case files just released confirm that the 1982 trial of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal was fundamentally unfair and unconstitutional.
The judge was racist, as was the jury selection. The prosecutor withheld critical evidence and manipulated two key witnesses, with promises of pay or leniency, to falsely identify Mumia as the shooter in a Philadelphia policeman’s death. From the beginning, his trial was an appalling fraud.
This talented journalist, former Black Panther, MOVE member and life-long social justice activist, spent three decades on death row. Only huge domestic and international protests and persistent legal appeals staved off the hangman. Denied crucial medical care, he now suffers chronic illnesses.
Mumia has spent his life educating readers and Prison Radio listeners — about U.S. militarism, modern fascism, profound prison abuse, and much more. His latest book, a collaboration with Stephen Vittoria entitled Murder Incorporated, makes it clear that racism, far from being a relic of a former epoch, is at the very nexus of U.S. history and culture.
The defense team filed documents September 3 seeking court permission to consider the hidden evidence. But Mumia deserves his freedom now, and restitution for time served. Get involved at: Mobilization4Mumia.com.