The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

90-page pamphlet, printed by union labor

The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, America's best-known political prisoner, starkly illuminates the brutal reality of racist capitalist justice in a country that advertises itself as the citadel of "freedom." It is an extremely complicated case, and while the main elements are now known, pieces of the puzzle are still missing and ambiguities remain. This pamphlet outlines the essential elements of the case and the legal/political issues it poses. Appendices include new evidence and declarations not introduced in the original trial or Mumia's two PCRA (Post Conviction Relief Appeal) hearings, such as Mumia's own affidavit and Arnold Beverly's confession to the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. This is the most comprehensive treatment of this material available in English, with the legal complexities of the case clearly explained, and is essential reading for those who want to fight for Mumia's freedom.

The frame-up of Mumia Abu-Jamal stands as a powerful refutation of all civics-class theories about the state as a neutral arbiter between conflicting interest groups. Mumia's case graphically demonstrates the mechanism through which the judicial system perpetuates the status quo of exploitation and racist oppression behind a facade of disinterested impartiality. It also shows that America's rules are neither so powerful nor so self-confident that they do not fear the truth and those who dare to speak it. They have been forced to pay a political price for the frame-up of this opponent of social injustice - the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal has educated tens of thousands of young people in the U.S. and around the world as to how "justice" is administered in the imperialist heartland.

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