Friday, November 13, 2009

We Demand a Civil Rights Investigation for Mumia Abu-Jamal! [Videos]

On November 8, 2009, the SF Bay Area Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal organized an event at Centro Del Pueblo in San Francisco. The event focused on three innocent men who may soon be executed soon, depending on upcoming court rulings: Troy Davis, Kevin Cooper, and Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Laura Moye, the Director of Amnesty International's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign spoke about Troy Davis, and Moye will also be speaking on behalf of Amnesty International at the Washington DC press conference at the US Justice Department on November 12. Activist Rebecca Doran spoke about Kevin Cooper. Video footage of the presentations by Moye and Doran will be released shortly, so please stay tuned.

Speaking about Mumia Abu-Jamal was Hans Bennett, co-founder of Journalists for Mumia and author of the new pamphlet published by the Mobilization to Free Mumia, entitled “The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal: Innocent Man on Death Row.” The pamphlet features the June 16, 2009 SF Bay View Newspaper article by Bennett, that cites several instances of withheld evidence and argues for a federal civil rights investigation into Mumia’s case. The pamphlet also features the diagrams and ballistics analysis presented in the new Journalists for Mumia flyer explaining why the prosecution scenario used to convict Mumia is ballistically impossible.

Bennett also spoke about the current legal situation, where the US Supreme Court has yet to rule on the DA’s attempt to execute Mumia without having a new sentencing-phase trial where evidence of innocence can be presented, but a jury can only choose between execution or life in prison without parole. On October 13, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a separate case that also involves the "Mills" issue, that is central to the Philadelphia DA's appeal. The Court's upcoming ruling on this separate "Spisak" case may impact the DA's appeal. This segment is featured in the second video being released. An official update from Mumia’s legal team has also been released by lead attorney Robert R. Bryan. A recent article by Jeff Mackler also focuses on the seriousness of the current legal situation.

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