On Dec. 27, Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker issued a ruling favorable to Mumia Abu-Jamal, granting him the right to have reheard appeals previously denied by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court from 1998-2012.
The only thing that can stand in the way of this is if Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner caves into pressure already being exerted by Maureen Faulkner and the Fraternal Order of Police to appeal Tucker’s ruling.
It is urgent that Krasner hear from Mumia Abu-Jamal’s supporters urging him to take a stand against the FOP and allow justice to proceed.
Mumia Abu-Jamal has always maintained his innocence in the 1981 fatal shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. His prosecution was politically-motivated because of his Black Panther Party membership, his support of the MOVE organization and as a radical journalist.
His trial and subsequent PRCA appeals were racially biased: the prosecution excluded African Americans from the jury and trial Judge Albert Sabo declared, “I’m gonna help them fry the n—-r.”
On Dec. 27, Mumia Abu-Jamal won a significant case before Judge Leon Tucker in a decision granting him new rights of appeal.
What you can do:
1) Share the petition widely on Facebook, twitter and email.
These need to get to Krasner ASAP so don’t delay.
2) Call, email or fax DA Larry Krasner to do the right thing. Do not stand in the way of justice. Do not appeal Judge Tucker’s decision.
Remind Krasner: As a progressive attorney you ran for Philadelphia District Attorney on a platform that included standing “for justice, not just for convictions.” You promoted reviewing past convictions and freeing the wrongfully convicted. In Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal’s frame-up stands out as the city’s most notorious wrongful conviction.
We call on you to cease defending former Philadelphia DA and later PA Supreme Court Judge Ron Castille’s now-discredited claim of impartiality. It was a people’s movement that paved the way for your election – not the financial backing of the FOP or the establishment including judges like Castille.
Show your supporters that your campaign promises meant something. That your concern for justice extends to controversial cases your predecessors held untouchable. Allow Abu-Jamal to go forward with re-arguing his appeals, which Judge Tucker states “would best serve the appearance of justice.”
Keep writing and calling Krasner – contact info:
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner
3) Take part in a twitter storm on Friday, Jan. 4:
Here are shareable links which everyone can copy and paste into emails you are sending to your lists.
Anyone with a twitter account just has to click on these links and it will take them to their own Twitter account with the wording already there, all they have to do is click Tweet. Both of these linked Tweets have a picture linked to them as well. The first has a pic of Mumia, the 2nd has a pic of the Philly flyer for the rally on the 5th.
Please when you send the email to your list, ask them to do this on Friday, January 4th. We need the numbers all on the same day to create the Twitter storm. These links can also be posted on your Facebook pages, web sites, etc. Just headline it “Twitter Storm for Mumia on Friday, January 4 – Click To Tweet”
Click to Tweet link #1:
#KrasnerDoRightByMumia @philaDAO Don’t stand in the way of justice. Don’t appeal Judge’s decision allowing ex Panther Abu-Jamal to re-appeal! Judge says re-arguing Mumia’s appeals “would best serve the appearance of justice”
Click to Tweet link #2:
#KrasnerDoRightByMumia @philaDAO Don’t appeal Judge’s decision allowing ex Panther Abu-Jamal to re-appeal. You campaigned on freeing the wrongfully convicted. Mumia’s case Is Philly’s most notorious Wrongful Conviction!
4) Come out in Philly on Saturday January 5th for a protest “party” outside Krasner’s office, 3 S. Penn Square, at noon. More info will follow.
5) An International letter has been circulating for the past week that ends with this paragraph:
“At the top of its actions is a call for letters and phone calls to DA Larry Krasner demanding he not appeal Judge Tucker’s order granting new appeal rights to Mumia Abu-Jamal. Please take this action TODAY! Krasner can launch his appeal at any moment. Please send us back your name so we can compile a list of international signers but, most important, contact Krasner immediately. Also, no matter how many letters for Mumia you have signed in the past year or two, please sign this one as well. This moment is different, and the demand of Krasner is different. We want all possible supporters included.”