On November 9, the U.S. Third Circuit Court in Philadelphia will hear oral arguments concerning whether Mumia Abu-Jamal should be executed or given a new sentencing trial. If the court rules against Mumia he could soon be executed. According to lead attorney Robert R. Bryan, Mumia is now in the greatest danger since his 1981 arrest.
IBT comrades are organising or participating in the
following demonstrations on 9 November:
Philadelphia: 12 noon, Third Circuit Court, 6th and Market (hearing starts at 2pm)
Oakland: 12 noon, 14th and Broadway
Toronto: 6pm, U.S. Consulate, 360 University Ave, between Dundas St. and Queen St.
Wellington: 5pm, Te Aro Park (corner Manners and Dixon Sts)
Hamburg: 5.30pm, Hamburg-america-center, Am Sandtorkai 48
London: 5-7pm, US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ
Legal Update by attorney Robert Bryan, on the 9 November 2010 U.S. Court of Appeals hearing of Oral Arguments.
Affidavits and statements
Arnold Beverly's affidavit to the court (8 June 1999), in which he confesses to the killing of police officer Daniel Faulkner.
(A video of Beverly reading this statement is available at http://kntv.feedroom.com./)
Affidavit by Mumia Abu-Jamal (3 May 2001) describing the events of 9 December 1981
Affidavit by Mumia's brother William Cook (29 April 2001), who was also present at the crime scene
Affidavit by Linn Washington (3 May 2001), a Philadelphia journalist who describes how he found the crime scene totally unsecured early on the morning of Faulkner's killing
Affidavit by Donald Hersing (10 May 1999), a "confidential source of information" for the FBI, detailing corruption in the Philadelphia police force
Affidavit by Rachel Wolkenstein (7 August 2001) that substantiates in detail from the inside how Mumia's former attorneys Weinglass and Williams sabotaged Mumia's defense during the period she was on the defence team.
Affidavit by Terri Maurer-Carter (21 August 2001), a court reporter, quoting Judge Sabo, who presided at Mumia's original hearing in 1982, saying during the trial "Yeah, and I'm going to help them fry the nigger"
Affidavit by George Michael Newman (25 September 2001), a private investigator hired by Mumia's former attorneys Weinglass and Williams confirming key points of Wolkenstein's account, and asserting that Weinglass prevented him from pursuing certain avenues of investigation leading to the real killers because Weinglass had been threatened.
Affidavit by Yvette Williams (28 January 2002) stating that prosecution witness Cynthia White told her she was pressured by the police into falsly stating that she saw Mumia shoot Faulkner
Affidavit by Kenneth Pate (April 18 2003) stating that his half-sister, Priscilla Durham, in a telephone conversation with Pate in 1983 or 1984, repudiated her testimony against Jamal at his 1982 trial
Legal documents and press releases from Mumia's legal team
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 22 September 2010
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 30 July 2010
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 9 June 2010
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 19 January 2010
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 18 January 2010
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 6 June 2009
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 8 February 2009
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 15 December 2008
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 22 July 2008
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 8 July 2008
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 10 June 2008
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 30 May 2008
Legal Update by Robert R. Bryan - 11 April 2008
Statement by Robert R. Bryan - March 10, 2008
Statement by Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, on Thursday, March 22, 2007
Statement by Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, on November 16, 2006
Statement by Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, on July 23, 2006 - including the July 20, 2006 Brief of Appellee and Cross Appellant, Mumia Abu-Jamal, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia (PDF 5.4mb).
Statement by Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, on December 6, 2005.
Statement by Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, on June 2, 2005.
"Since the relief sought in our Dec. 8, 2003 habeas corpus (PCRA) petition was rejected, I will be filing a reconsideration motion by June 16, 2005. If denied, this will be appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Memorandum & Order received by Mumia's legal team on 27 May 2005 from the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas announcing the intention to dismiss the habeas corpus (PCRA) petition of December 2003 (PDF 605k)
Memorandum on the effect of Commonwealth v. Johnson, 863 A.2d 423 (Pa. 2004), 2004 Pa. LEXIS 3118 (Dec. 20, 2004), on the pending PCRA petition. Filed with the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia on February 15, 2005 (PDF 333k)
Habeas corpus (PCRA) petition filed with the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia on December 8, 2003 (PDF 203k)
Press release - "112 Questions for Attorney Leonard Weinglass" (23 May 2003)
"Remand Motion to take testimony from Attorney Leonard Weinglass and Remand Motion with Offer of Proof" filed with Pennsylvania Supreme Court on 23 May 2003 (Word 119k)
Press release - "Yet Another Witness Exposes Police Frame-Up Of Mumia Abu-Jamal." (2 May 2003)
Amicus brief filed by Attorney Mike Yamamoto in Pennsylvania Supreme Court on 27 August 2002 on behalf of the following trade unions: (Word 52k)
Appeal filed by Mumia's lawyers on 27 August 2002 with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania challenging a ruling by state court judge Pamela Dembe that the accused in a criminal proceeding has no right under the Pennsylvania Constitution or the Fifth or Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution to an impartial judge at a jury trial or in a post-conviction hearing (Word 182k)
"Friend of the court" brief by eminent Californian attorney Michael Yamamoto filed in the federal court of appeals in Philadelphia. Yamamoto's independent review of the evidence reveals that Mumia was "wrongfully convicted based upon the testimony of unreliable witnesses, all of whom were either inherently suspect at the outset or subsequently shown to be testifying falsely." (11 March 2002) (Word 39k)
Mumia's response to the prosecution's opposition to his motion to certify additional issues for appeal in the Federal Court and to be relieved of any page limitations on this response (11 March 2002) (Word 192k)
Press release by Mumia's attorneys (11 March 2002) charging the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office with faking the death of key prosecution witness Cynthia White
Motion For Certification Of Additional Issues For Appeal by Mumia's attorneys (6 February 2002) (Word 141k)
Press release by Mumia's attorneys (8 January 2002) outlining their appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over the State Judge's refusal to hear the confession by Arnold Beverly.
Judge Yohn's full judgement ordering a new sentencing hearing for Mumia in Word (407k) or zipped (117k) (12 December 2001)
Mumia's response to Judge Demby's ruling (PDF) (10 December 2001)
Judge Demby's ruling to dismiss the instant Post Conviction Relief Act Petition (PDF) (10 December 2001)
Press release by Mumia's attorneys (5 November 2001) comparing his case to that of Sacco and Vanzetti in the 1920s, urging Judge Yohn to "ensure that history does not repeat itself ... with an innovent man being executed while the confession of the real murderer is ignored"
Report by the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal of two forums it organized in San Francisco and Berkeley on 12 and 13 October 2001 with Eliot Grossman, a member of the new team of lawyers representing Mumia, including the full text of a statement Mumia sent to the forums.
Mumia's attorneys' amended writ of habeus corpus as presented to the court on 6 August 2001 (Zipped Word format (409k - unzipped Word file is 1.48mb)
Press release by Mumia's attorneys (2 August 2001) detailing the filing of the 30 July motion
Motion filed in federal court by Mumia's attorneys asking Yohn to reconsider his denial of their request to take the deposition of Arnold Beverly (30 July 2001) (Word 388k or zipped 108k)
Judge William H. Yohn, Jr.'s ruling denying the request to depose Arnold Beverly (19 July 2001) (300k PDF file of scanned document)
Post Conviction Relief Petition filed in Pensylvania Court of Common Pleas 3 July 2001, revealing a theory of what happened that night at 13th and Locust Streets in Philadelphia and details how Mumia's former attorneys acted as de facto members of the prosecution (3 July 2001). (Word document 637k or zipped word document 181k)
Amicus Brief filed by the For Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation (June 28, 2000). (PDF 267k)
International Bolshevik Tendency material on Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Fight to Free Mumia - talk given by Barbara Dorn at the Anarchist Bookfair in London on 23 October 2010
Mumia's Lawyer Speaks (from 1917 No. 25)
From Sacco and Vanzetti to Mumia Abu-Jamal (from 1917 No. 25)
CWI, IBT, ICL, IS, USFI, Anarchists, Trade Unionists & Others Hold United Front Meeting for Mumia in Toronto (14 June 2002)
Statement on Judge Yohn's rejection of new evidence (27 July 2001)
No Faith in Capitalist Courts - Free Mumia Abu-Jamal! (from 1917 no. 22)
Build a mass campaign to free Mumia Abu-Jamal (from Marxist Bulletin No.10)
Labor: Fight to Free Mumia! (from 1917 No. 21)
Origin of ILWU's Political Action (from 1917 No. 21)
Disagreeable Sectarians (from 1917 No. 21)
Mumia Defense in New Zealand (from 1917 No. 18)
For United Front Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal! (from 1917 No. 17)
Letter to Governor Tom Ridge demanding release of Mumia Abu-Jamal (1995)