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Mumia Has First Win in New Legal Proceeding!

Dear Friends of Mumia,

Here's a very important report from Rachel Wolkenstein on a critical victory for Mumia based on a decision a few days ago of the Post Conviction Relief Act Judge Leon Tucker. Tucker heard Mumia's request for a new hearing on April 24. A few days later he concurred with a courtroom motion by Mumia's attorney for discovery of critical evidence that could lead to a new trial.

In solidarity, Jeff Mackler, Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

First Legal Step Won in Mumia's New Challenge to his Conviction!

By Rachel Wolkenstein

Just days after the DA's office argued Mumia's new legal challenge should be dismissed for not being "timely" and that the precedent setting case of Williams v. Pennsylvania, that it is a violation of due process for a judge to rule in a case that he had previously had a significant personal involvement in a critical prosecutorial decision, does not apply to Mumia's case, Judge Leon Tucker ruled in favor of Mumia's demand for discovery of the DA's files.

On April 24, Mumia's 63rd birthday, the courtroom was filled with Mumia's supporters and demonstrators rallied outside and all day and into the evening demanding Mumia's freedom. The DA's office argued there was no evidence that PA Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille, who ruled on all of Mumia's appeals from 1998-2008, had been involved in Mumia's case while he was the District Attorney from 1986-1991 or as a senior district attorney during Mumia's 1982 trial. Mumia's attorney, Christina Swarns of the the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) spoke to the exceptional circumstances of Mumia's case and that the Motion for Discovery should be granted to determine the particulars of Castille's personal involvement in Mumia's prosecution, including his appeals.

Judge Tucker did not rule for the prosecution and dismiss Mumia's petition. He granted discovery and ordered the DA's office to produce and turn over all records and memos regarding Castille's involvement in Mumia's case; pre-trial, trial, post-trial and direct appeal proceedings; communications between Castille and his staff and any public statements Castille made about Mumia's case during or after his tenure as District Attorney of Philadelphia. These records are to be turned over to Mumia's attorneys within 30 days, by May 30, 2017, and Mumia has fifteen days to file amendments to his post-conviction petition.

This is an unquestionable win for Mumia in the PA courts. It opens the prosecution files on Mumia's case to him, for the first time, ever. The DA's office will likely stall and appeal and we should be prepared for protestations that the records do not exist. This new legal proceeding is a path towards Mumia's freedom; we can win Mumia's freedom with mass international protest and publicity.


Dear Friends of Mumia,

From Prison Radio:

Concern was heightened last night when word came from the prison that Mumia had asked someone to call out and tell people he was being moved. Given the animosity of the administration and guards, and the recent deaths in custody, Mumia was worried and his family was worried regarding this abrupt transfer. It turns out that Mumia was moved to the infirmary and not told why. Today, the prison said it was in preparation for an outside medical appointment this morning, and in fact Mumia went to the hospital at 6am and was returned to the prison at 11:45 am.

He was immediately brought to the visiting room to visit with his brother Keith Cook Mumia's brother and Dr. Suzanne Ross. They came out of the prison at 4pm. For now, two weeks into his Hep C treatment, Mumia is on the road to recovering his health. Keith told us that Mumia wants to make sure you know that he "Thanks you and he loves everyone, and he knows how powerful the movement is, that stands behind him. And that the prison knows that people have his back, and that is very important."

A detailed report:


Dear Friends of Mumia,

Here's a just received report from NYC activist Suzanne Ross with some uplifting news.

Save the dates May 6 and May 7 for our two Bay Area meetings for Lynne Stewart and Mumia.

In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler, Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

From Suzanne Ross:

Dear Comrades, Mumia supporters, and friends,

I just got home, less than two hours ago, and after a brief check in with Isabelle, sat down to write this.

Ona Move! We did it again! Our swift and forceful response, got us what we wanted and what we were entitled to: information about where Mumia was and the opportunity to see him. As I said when we left the courtroom on Monday in Philly, we're on a roll. The immediacy of our pressure on the prison and the DOC regarding Mumia's disappearance from our radar, and the volume of that response, with calls to the prison starting last night, and continuing all day today, forced the prison to meet our demand: tell us where Mumia is and allow Keith Cook, Mumia's brother, and me to see Mumia. Within minutes of Mumia's return from Geisinger Hospital where he had tests done today, he was brought to the visiting room and waited for us.

On the medical: Mumia had an endoscopy to assess whether his esophagus had deteriorated in any way. You'll remember that the DOC's ridiculous Hep C protocol required careful monitoring but NO treatment. Thus they were trying to assess whether Mumia had the esophageal varicies (that is, bleeding of the esophagus which is tantamount to death and warrants, according to the DOC, careful assessment). The Kafkesque logic of refusing Mumia treatment, finally being forced to provide it, and yet now still following their "protocol" which Judge Mariani had called "unconstitutional" is in keeping with the irrationality of how the DOC tried to maintain its control. Then, too, they may be trying to show how carefully they are monitoring Mumia to lighten their defeat in the face our lawyers' pursuit of compensation for Mumia for their incompetence, inhumanity, and near killing of Mumia. Happily, Mumia's esophagus shows no sign of deterioration, and he has no varicies.

On the arrangements for the visit: I had called the infirmary at Mahanoy early this morning and spoke to Mr./Dr. Steinhart, the Director of the infirmary. He wouldn't give me any information, including as to whether or not Mumia was in the infirmary, as he said he could only give that to family members. I told him Mumia's brother and I would be at Mahanoy shortly and that we wanted to see Mumia and he could then give the information we wanted to Keith, clearly a family member. Steinhart said we probably couldn't see Mumia this morning but most likely would be able to see him in the afternoon. When I got to Mahanoy, a little before Keith did, and went to sign in, the people at the desk said Mumia was at Mahanoy and I should take a seat. Within minutes Jane Hinman, the assistant to the Superintendent, came out, greeted me graciously, and said the Superintendent had asked her to let us know that we would be able to visit with Mumia.

Soon after, the CO's at the desk, two of whom I've seen many times before, told us (by this time Keith was with me) that we would be processed within 20 minutes or so, after countdown, did not look at our ID, and literally rushed us in, assuring us that we would be the last to leave and that we would have at least a 2 1/2 hour visit. Given the usual prison milieu, our treatment felt regal.

Mumia was in great spirits, relieved that he did not have the varicies and that his esophagus had remained stable despite the cirrhosis. Again and again, he waxed poetic about the strength and power of our movement. We were all convinced that the "graciousness" of the prison staff, on all levels, came from a decision to not provoke us any further. They did not want trouble, and knew they would have it if they did not accommodate us.

The three of us celebrated over a lunch of organic spinach salad, tried to assess Monday's court hearing and where it would go, and ended with part of Assata's famous quote, the mantra of young fighters today, "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win." We have sure had some significant victories. Onto more victories!

With revolutionary love,


Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Below is the latest and detailed update on two critical issues. First, while Mumia won the treatment for Hep C, and the Department of Corrections has set one week from today to begin this treatment with a 90 percent cure rate, as you will see, the deed is not yet done and the two-year delay has caused Mumia serious liver damage. We must be relentless in this fight until the DOC actually begins treatment.

Second, on Mumia's birthday, April 24, a Pennsylvania state court will consider Mumia's appeal for a Post Conviction Relief Act hearing wherein, the fight for a new trial will begin in earnest. See the details below for the Philadelphia mobilization. The combination of these new events opens the door wide for Mumia supporters to renew their efforts. We can and will win Mumia's freedom.

Finally, save the dates, May 6 and 7, for two critical meetings that will commemorate the life of people's attorney, Lynne Stewart and engage full steam ahead in the fight for Mumia on all fronts. Special guests to be announced soon. We will be joined by Lynne's husband, Ralph Poynter.


April 2, 2017

Joe Piette: 610-931-2615

Mumia's Treatment Expected, But Not Yet Delivered

Delayed Hep C Treatment Leads to Death

On March 31, 2017, Mumia Abu-Jamal received a cruel mix of bad and good news from a prison doctor. The doctor shared the results of his recent lab test, which showed clear signs of cirrhosis, an irreversible scarring of the liver caused by his untreated Hep C. The doctor also informed Mumia that he would be treated with the Hep C cure within a week.

The impending victory was bittersweet. Mumia shared his feelings with those he called that morning. His rare expression of emotion was also captured in an interview that evening in which he stated: "My first reaction was really shock, anger, disbelief. If I had been treated in 2015, if I had been treated in 2012 when they say they first diagnosed it, I wouldn't be this far advanced. For a lot of guys and a lot of gals inside the Pennsylvania prisons, I think it is a step forward and a great day, but I assure you I don't feel that way right now."

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' apparent concession to treat Mumia with the Hep C cure was achieved through an agonizing two-year battle waged in the streets and through two court suits. However, Mumia has not yet been treated and will not be without our vigilance and continued protests.

If he is treated immediately, Mumia can expect to return to good health; but patients who have developed cirrhosis are more susceptible to developing liver cancer in the future and have to be monitored for the rest of their lives.

In the face of Mumia's battle for humane medical treatment, the PA DOC had adopted a retaliatory posture and accelerated its efforts to silence and kill Mumia by delaying treatment. Because of the failure to treat his Hep C, over the last two years, Mumia fell into a diabetic coma, experienced severe brain swelling, and suffered a painful skin condition that disfigured his body. In the last year, he and others in the prison have been forced to bathe in and drink water that is often visibly contaminated—"black and turbid," as Mumia put it.

Many of Mumia's supporters around the world believed that Mumia received treatment back in early January 2017 because a federal judge ordered the DOC to provide it. But a stubborn and stonewalling PA DOC refused to comply with the ruling. The judge ordered Mumia's immediate treatment citing the unconstitutionality of the PA DOC's Hep C treatment protocol. The judge denounced the DOC, whose protocol "deliberately delays" treatment with the standard Hep C cure until the prisoner experiences bleeding of the throat, among other deadly symptoms. The decision cited eight amendment rights violations prohibiting cruel and usual punishment.

The ongoing foot dragging by the PA DOC was confirmed this week. On the same day that the prison doctor delivered the news to Mumia, PA DOC attorneys filed a scandalous motion in court. They asked the judge to dismiss Mumia's legal health suit on the basis that the DOC had decided to treat Mumia under the guidelines of pre-existing HEP C treatment protocol —the same protocol that the judge previously declared "unconstitutional."

These arguments demonstrate the DOC's attempt to undermine the legal implications of Mumia's legal suit and the DOC's own misconduct. When Mumia is finally administered the cure, his treatment will establish precedent for the treatment of thousands of PA prisoners with Hep C, as well as people on the outside who can't afford the medication. Mumia's battle has exposed the deadly crisis of medical care in the prisons and the barbarism of the U.S. for-profit health care system that charges 90K for the Hep C cure.

As history shows, a judge's ruling does not ensure its implementation, especially when it challenges ruling interests. For this reason, we are asking you to take action and demand immediate Hep C treatment for Mumia, for the more than 700,000 prisoners with Hep C across the country and the millions suffering with the untreated, deadly disease outside the prison walls in our neighborhoods.

This moment has also created an opportunity to uphold Mumia's innocence and fight for his freedom. On Monday, April 24, 2017, the day of Mumia's birthday, his attorneys will challenge his conviction in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. We are calling on you to join us at the courthouse and in the streets.

On April 24, his conviction attorneys, Judith Ritter and Christina Swarns (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), will take advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling in Williams v. Commonwealth to show how judicial and prosecutorial bias in all of Mumia's state appeals have kept him behind bars. This important Supreme Court ruling determined that a judge cannot fairly adjudicate an appeal of a case for which he/she has previously had a personal role in a significant prosecutorial decision.

In Mumia's case, Judge Ronald Castile, the same judge under scrutiny in Williams v. Commonwealth, also was the elected Philadelphia District Attorney responsible for the arguments made to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1988 to uphold Mumia's trial conviction and death sentence. Castille had also been a high-level assistant DA during Mumia's trial. After he was elected to the PA Supreme Court in 1994, he was involved in deliberating and denying all of Mumia's state appeals against the decisions of "hanging judge" Albert Sabo and Pamela Dembe who upheld Mumia's death sentence and denied him a new trial during multiple appeals between 1998-2007. These judges denied a new trial despite Mumia's innocence, that evidence of his guilt was manufactured by the police and prosecution and that he had been denied virtually every due process right and protection owed under the U.S. constitution.

During the appellate filing, Mumia's attorneys asked Judge Castille to recuse himself because of this bias,citing also the judge’s close relationship with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), which lobbied for Mumia's conviction. The FOP funded Castille's bid for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and honored him as "Man of the Year." In response to Mumia's attorneys, Justice Castille responded stridently that he would not step aside, noting that he should not be singled out because five of the seven judges of that Pennsylvania Supreme Court were also supported by the FOP. It is no surprise that the court did not find one single error in the original court proceedings and thus upheld his death sentence and denied Mumia the right to a new trial.

We demand the immediate release of Mumia!

We are calling on you to do two things:

1. Call the DOC to demand immediate treatment for Mumia and all PA prisoners with Hep C ---

PA DOC Secretary John Wetzel, (717) 728-2573
(Email) --
(Twitter) @johnewetzel * @CorrectionsPA

2. Join us in Philadelphia on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:30AM, at the the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to assert Mumia's innocence and call for his immediate release.

Center for Criminal Justice, Courtroom 1101, 1303 Filbert Street, Philadephia, PA

Signers in solidarity,
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Campaign to Bring Mumia Home
Abolitionist Law Center
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC)
Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal
Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mundo Obrero/Workers World
Philly REAL Justice
Sankofa Community Empowerment
Millions for Mumia/International Action Center
Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal/Northern California
Le Collectif Franćais "Liberons Mumia"
German Network Against the Death Penalty and to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Amig@s de Mumia de Mexico
Saint-Denis Free Mumia Committee


Lynne Stewart Died Today

Dear Friends,

A few minutes ago my dear friend and comrade, Ralph Poynter, called to say that his lifelong companion, Lynne Stewart, passed away. She was 77, of Irish origin, and a born fighter who unswervingly devoted herself to humanity's cause.

Just a few weeks earlier Lynne pledged to meet me in NY in a couple of months, over dinner to be sure, when we would dance once again to demonstrate that her life still had some time to go...and for joy.

A few years earlier, when prospects looked bleak to win her freedom based on "compassionate release" Lynne insisted that she would prevail and that she would celebrate with us in San Francisco to the tunes of a brass band. Sure enough, a brass band did appear at Lynne's welcome home San Francisco rally, and she and Ralph, surrounded by her loving friends, danced in the streets at 15th and Valencia. It was a victory well worth the effort, allowing Lynne a couple of more years to fight on against all that is evil in this barbarous capitalist world, and to smile at every inch we collectively gained as we fought back.

Lynne was always surrounded by family and loved ones, with children from her first marriage, and Ralph's too, as well kids together, and grandkids - all filled with admiration for Grandma Lynne - all the recipient of Lynne's warmth, dedication, mindfulness and love.

Lynne was fond of saying, including to the New York Times reporter who interviewed her at her home a few weeks before her death, that she had no intention of leaving this earth quietly. Quoting Dillon Thomas she told The Times, whose reporter, followed the next day with a contemptuous hate piece recounting his corporate master's ire for everything wonderful in Lynne life and struggles, that she had no intention of "going gently into that good night."

That was Lynne's credo, her detractors notwithstanding. Always the poet's words in mind, Lynne insisted,

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Funds are urgently needed to cover final family expenses. Give generously comrades and friends. We are honoring Lynne's gift to us all and to all who rage against injustice everywhere.

In solidarity, Jeff Mackler

Donate here:


Lynne Stewart Organization
1070 Dean St.
Brooklyn, NY 11216-1st floor
(make checks payable to Lynne Stewart Organization)

Fund appeal: On Lynne Stewart's final days...

Dear Friends,

This morning I spoke with Lynne Stewart's husband, Ralph Poynter, at their home in Brooklyn, NY. We managed to do the call via video camera where Ralph and the family were surrounding Lynne, who had just had a second series of mini-strokes that rendered her unable to speak but able to hear what were perhaps my last words of love and solidarity. Lynne opened her eyes in acknowledgment, bravely trying to muster a smile.

Lynne's cancer has now spread throughout her body, including her brain. Ralph explained that her days are numbered and she is unlikely to make it to her next scheduled medical appointment on March 16.

Lynne and I go back some 63 years, to 1954-58 when we were students at Jamaica High School in Queens, NY. We relished singing the Jamaica High school song together at many a solidarity meeting. Decades later, we taught school in NYC and were union activists in the late 1960's when we opposed the 1968 racist school strike led by the AFT's reactionary leader, Albert Shanker. In those days, young Lynne, now 77, was often seen unconventionally riding on the back of Ralph's motorcycle, on her way to this or that protest. Another several decades later, when Lynne faced frame-up charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism stemming from her issuing a press release on behalf of her client, the famous blind Sheik Omar Abdel Rachman, we engaged once again to try to win her freedom. After a long legal battle, where I headed Lynne's defense committee on the West Coast, Lynne was cruelly sentenced to ten years in a Texas prison, after vindictive federal prosecutors appealed a federal Court judge's sentence of some 18 months. After serving three years in prison, we mounted a campaign that won the support of 70,000 social activists across the country. Lynne, cancer ridden, was finally granted "compassionate release" following her prison doctors' diagnosis that she had less then a year to live. Lynne beat the odds and spent almost three years in freedom, continuing her lifelong commitment to defending all those victims of capitalist injustice.

Lynne was among Mumia Abu-Jamal's most ardent supporters. Lynne's court cases included some of the seminal Weatherrman cases in the 1970s as well as an amazing victory on behalf of Larry Davis, who defended himself against a multiple cop shooting invasion of his house where a number of the shoot-first police were killed.

Pilloried by the corporate media, who mocked her every success in the rigged criminal "justice" system, Lynne never bent to her accusers' contempt for an attorney for those on the other side of the class line, as Lynne aptly described it, no matter how unpopular her client.

Lynne's life was one of dedication to all the people's causes. I valued her friendship, her humor, her sparkle and her hatred for all that is evil and yet love for all that is beautiful. Only Lynne began or ended her speeches by reading from one of the world's great poets, whose universal appeal to what is best in all of us, rang true.

No doubt we will remember Lynne well when we in the Bay Area plan to memorialize her lifelong achievements.

Meanwhile, her family is in dire need of financial support as these last days painfully proceed and the months before. Here's an appeal by Ralph and the family's longterm friend, Betty Davis.

Please send your generous contribution as per the information below.

In solidarity and with the greatest admiration for a comrade and friend whose life set the bar high for all of us who cherish human freedom and dignity.

Jeff Mackler, Past West Coast Coodinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee and Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jam;

From Ralph and Betty:

Once again the clock is ticking for Lynne Stewart. She has been in a state of medical crisis for a week and all of the expenses are mounting. We urgently need her supporters and all concerned 'spirit warriors' of 'good will' to check out the INDIEGOGO Appeal or send a donation ASAP to the:

Lynne Stewart Organization
1070 Dean St.
Brooklyn, NY 11216-1st fl.
(make checks payable to Lynne Stewart Organization)


Urgent! Save Mumia's life! Please forward widely and donate now!

Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Below is an emergency appeal for funds to cover Mumia's immediate legal costs. We are seeking to raise $25,000 in the next few weeks. Please act accordingly and generously.

The appeal below is from the NY-based Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jaml, Mumia's loyal supporters with whom we in the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Northern California have worked closely for decades. The funds raised will go to our dear friend, attorney Bob Boyle, who has diligently carried the burden of Mumia's medical appears for years. You may recall that Bob was key to winning Lynne Stewart's freedom. And you might remember that I served as the West Coast Coordinator of Lynne's defense case.


Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal


Please read the information below and mail your tax-deductible check payable to:

National Lawyers Guild. In the memo box be sure to write: "For Mumia Abu-Jamal's Defense."

Mail you check directly to:

Johanna Fernandez 158-18 Riverside Drive W. Apt. 6C-50 New York, New York 10032

Please forward this email far and wide and let's make the raising of $25,000 a reality. In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler, Director, The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal 510-268-9429

Here's Johanna Fernandez's letter and all the details you need to know.

Dear Friends of Mumia,

I'm writing on behalf of the Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal to ask if you might help us in an emergency. The Committee is the official fundraising venue for Mumia's legal defense today. It has been raising funds, quietly, since Mumia was facing execution in the 90s. TheCommittee was initiated and led by Frances Goldin, Mumia's literary agent. She is 93 years old today and continues to be actively involved in this work. Our letters are reviewed and signed by Angela Davis. Our efforts focus exclusively on Mumia's legal defense, and on the few occasions when we've deemed that raising funds for other projects was critical to Mumia's safety, our letters have explicitly outlined our thinking.

Since Mumia fell ill we have been behind on payments to Mumia's lead health attorney and we need to raise funds--quickly. Would you consider making a donation and identifying one or two others who might do the same?

A word on Mumia's condition. Although the symptoms of his Hep C condition wax and wane, he is much improved since his near death crisis two years ago. That moment was harrowing, and having been in the center of it, I can truly tell you that the movement saved his life. Heidi Beghosian, former Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild, and I had been concerned about Mumia's declining health two years ago, and we happened to visit Mumia the morning that he collapsed in the infirmary. At that moment we called his family, identified the hospital to which he had been taken, then drove there to make our presence known. We alerted the movement, and dozens joined us at the hospital that evening. The next day we held a press conference at the hospital to which surprisingly the Philadelphia mainstream media showed up. The conditions under which Mumia was hospitalized were horrendous and we visited the hospital daily.

After these dramatic days, when we realized that Mumia was in danger of dying, we went into emergency mode for several months. This included identifying outside doctors to visit him, taking out an add in the New York Times, mobilizing the movement, and testifying in court about what we saw. We even took Mumia's hair sample covertly to be tested at an outside laboratory. It was our doctor, not the hospital physicians, who in the end diagnosed Mumia with Hep C and made the connection that his terrible skin condition was a symptom of that disease. In this moment of crisis, Pam Africa's experience was indispensable.

The legal situation and our request for funds: As you know, his attorneys, primarily Bob Boyle, scored an unprecedented legal victory in Mumia's Hep C health suit. On January 7, a federal judge, Robert Mariani, in an unprecedented decision, ordered that Mumia be treated with the 95 percent effective cure rate antiviral medicines within 21 days. He condemned the barbarity of the DOC's (Department of Corrections) Hep C protocol his opinion establishes the groundwork for the treatment of the 7,000 others with Hep C in the Pennsylvania prisons. The PA DOC is fighting this all the way to hell. On the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC attorneys filed a stay and a notice of appeal in the Third Circuit District Court of Appeals.

Our legal filings are voluminous. Bob Boyle has been working for two years at reduced legal fees, and we are behind on payments. He has literally had to borrow money to stay afloat. We've also put in some personal funds, and are sending out another appeal to our members, but we need an infusion of $25,000 in the next week.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration.
All the best,

Johanna Fernandez, Ph.D.
Committee to Save Mumia Abu Jamal
Department of History
Baruch College, City University of New York

Legal particulars

Federal Judge Robert Mariani presided over Mumia's health suit. Judge Mariani granted Mumia his claim of deliberate indifference (meaning that Mumia won the preliminary injunction for immediate treatment). The judge ordered that a PA Dept of Corrections (DOC) doctor must see Mumia within 14 days of his January 7th ruling and instructed that treatment begin 7 days after that. (In other words within 21 days of the ruling)

But on the 10th day after the ruling, right before the Martin Luther King holiday, the DOC lawyers filed a challenge to the judge's ruling. They filed "a stay" which essentially asked the judge to halt all legal actions and proceedings. The DOC attorneys also filed a separate notice of appeal that made known their intention to appeal the decision in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the court immediately below the Supreme Court.

Here are the different scenarios that can emerge.

If Judge Mariani denies the stay and upholds his original decision, the DOC can seek a stay from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. This would happen in advance and separately from the DOC's full appeal in that court. If the Third Circuit grants the stay, the appeal process could take 2-3 months, even if "expedited." If the Third Circuit denies the DOC's request for a stay, Mumia basically wins because it would mean that the injunction must be carried out, meaning that MAJ gets the drugs.

If Judge Mariani grants the DOC's request for a stay, Mumia's attorneys can ask the Third Circuit to vacate (overturn) the stay; However, it would be unlikely that the Third Circuit would do so since they would take Judge Mariani granting the stay as an indicator that he feels his ruling would not withstand an appeal.. We then would have to litigate the appeal in the Third Circuit Court, again a 2-3 month process.

Profile of the attorneys litigating Mumia's Health Suit

Bret Grote is a young attorney and the founder of the Abolitionist Law Center in Pittsburgh. He was the only lawyer willing to file a preliminary injunction to get Mumia immediate treatment after he fell ill. All the attorneys with whom we consulted argued that the case was impossible to litigate and win. Shortly after Bret Grote filed the motion, the movement recruited Bob Boyle to join Bret Grote.

Bob Boyle is one of the most noted and accomplished attorneys representing political prisoners today. He is comparable to Len Weinglass in his political analysis of these cases.

Bob Boyle
1) Litigated the Lynne Stewart case, which led to her compassionate release
2) Litigated the case of Black Panther Dhoruba Bin Wahad and secured his freedom
4) Secured the release of Black Panther Marshall Eddie Conway who spent close to 43 years in Prison
5) His appellate work overturned the 75 year sentence of Mohammed Al-Moayad who was convicted of providing material support to Hamas.


Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Once again Mumia's life is in danger as his health has taken a turn for the worst and prison officials continue to deny him the basic treatment for hepatitis C.

Please contact the numbers below (call or email) to press the authorities to render the best available treatment and to release his complete medical records to his own doctors.

Meanwhile, Mumia's legal fight for Hep C medication remains in the courts. We will keep you posted.

In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler
Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Dear Friends of Mumia,

We are concerned about Mumia's deteriorating health, as has been witnessed in recent weeks by his visiting doctor, clergy, counselors, teachers, family and friends.

Evidence of intensifying hepatitis C symptoms and possible development of the diabetes that nearly killed him a year ago calls for immediate and appropriate treatment. Help Mumia's lawyers prepare to demand access to Mumia's medical records from court!

Call, fax and email with the following demands:

Immediate provision to Mumia of anti-viral treatment to cure his Hepatitis C condition that is, as his doctor testified in court, the persistent cause of worsening skin disease, almost certain liver damage, now extreme weight-gain and hunger, and other diabetic-like conditions.

Immediate release of all recent blood test results to Mumia's attorneys.

Vigilant monitoring of Mumia for signs of diabetes, especially of his blood sugar level, since a diabetes attack nearly killed Mumia last Spring of 2015.

Tom Wolf, PA Governor
Phone 717-787-2500
Fax 717-772-8284

John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections Secretary
Phone: 717-728-2573, 717 787 2500

Theresa DelBalso, SCI Mahanoy Prison Superintendent
Phone: 570-773-2158

Dr. Paul Noel, Director of Medical Care at the PA Dept of Corrections
Phone: 717-728-5309 x 5312

Dr. Carl Keldie, Chief Medical Officer of Correct Care Solutions
Phone: 800-592-2974 x 5783

Sign the Petition now to demand Mumia's right to life-saving hepatitis C care.

Help Mumia's lawyers prepare to demand access to Mumia's medical records from court!

Thank you for keeping Mumia in your heart and mind,
Noelle Hanrahan
Director, Prison Radio

Pack the Philadelphia courtroom on Friday, December 19, 2015!

On Friday, December 18 a Pennsylvania District Court judge will hold an evidentiary hearing, with Mumia Abu-Jamal present via Skype, to determine whether to grant Mumia the presently available medical treatment/cure for his Hepatitis C condition. Mumia's attorney's are also seeking this treatment for an estimated 10,000 Pennsylvania prisoners with the same disease.

Mumia contracted Hep C in 1981 via blood transfusions administered by Philadelphia doctors following his racist shooting on December 9 by Philadelphia police officers.

The federal court judge overruled Pennsylvania state officials who opposed both Mumia's presence in court via Skype and his demand for an evidentiary hearing. The later is expected to last for at least an entire day, if not longer.

This video is a call to action to pack the Philadelphia courtroom on Friday, December 19!

Free Mumia! Join the December 18 mobilization!

Spread the word!

8/2/15 Mumia Abu-Jamal files suit over prison's refusal to provide medical care

From the Abolitionist Law Center:

Untreated diabetes nearly killed Abu-Jamal in March, and the DOC is refusing to treat his active Hepatitis C.

August 3, 2015: Attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed an amended lawsuit yesterday in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court to challenge prison medical staff's denial of necessary medical treatment - denial that nearly killed Abu-Jamal earlier this year.

See Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Complaint and the Amended Complaint.

On March 30, 2015, Abu-Jamal was rushed to the hospital after losing consciousness and going into diabetic shock. Although prison medical staff were aware that Abu-Jamal had a dangerously high blood glucose level of 419 on March 6, they failed to treat, monitor, or even inform Abu-Jamal of his condition. Glucose levels like those that Abu-Jamal had can result in diabetic shock, diabetic coma, and death.

Abu-Jamal's diabetic shock came in the midst of an escalating year-long health crisis that began with a rash in August 2014. The skin condition grew in intensity over the course of the next several months, eventually covering most of his body with a painful, severe rash that is resistant to conventional treatments. The skin condition is abnormal in its duration and intensity, and has led to lesions, open wounds, and swelling.

The lawsuit filed yesterday seeks injunctive relief for prison medical staff's failure to treat Abu-Jamal's active Hepatitis C. Recent blood tests provided at the insistence of Abu-Jamal, his lawyers, and consulting doctors have confirmed that Abu-Jamal has active Hepatitis C, which has likely been the underlying cause of his health crisis. Despite the undeniable medical evidence that he is in need of treatment for his Hepatitis C, prison medical staff is refusing to provide any.

Advances in Hepatitis C treatment in recent years have revolutionized the way the disease is treated, with new direct-acting anti-viral medications that have had over 95% success rates in curing the illness in clinical trials. The medications, however, are extraordinarily expensive in the United States due to monopoly pricing practices by the pharmaceutical companies that have patented them.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has yet to promulgate a new protocol for treating Hepatitis C with the new medications, meaning that the estimated 10,000-plus people in DOC custody who have Hepatitis C are not receiving any treatment.

This issue is the subject of a class action lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court in June 2015.

Abu-Jamal is represented by Bret Grote of the Abolitionist Law Center and Robert J. Boyle of New York City.

Urgent! Please forward widely...

Mumia's Life in Danger!

All Out Saturday, April 11, 12 Noon
Oakland Federal Bldg. 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA (near downtown Oakland Bart)

No Execution by Medical Default!

Free Mumia Now!

Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Thanks for your efforts to flood the Mahoney Prison Superintendent John Kerestes with calls (570-773-2158 Ext. 8102). You should continue to do so!

But now is the time to mobilize across the country to unleash the power that has prevented Pennsylvania officials from executing Mumia in the past.

The refusal of prison officials to allow expert medical doctors in the field of diabetes amounts to criminal neglect. Just last week this neglect came close, within minutes, to ending Mumia's life.

Join us this Saturday in Oakland, 12 Noon at the Federal Bldg., 1301 Clay Street.

In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler and Laura Herrera, Co-coordinators, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia's Faces Grave Medical Situation Urgent Action Needed Now!


Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Below is the latest information on Mumia's dangerous health situation. The information comes from Johanna Fernandez of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, from the International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the MOVE Organization.

Please make every effort to call prison officials at SCI Mahoney to demand that Mumia's family and legal team be allowed to bring in doctors expert in the areas where Mumia needs top notch and qualified medical care.

Phone immediately to:

SCI Mahoney 301 Morea Rd. Frackville, PA 17932 Superintendent John Kerestes 570-773-2158 Ext. 8102

In solidarity and act now!

Jeff Mackler, Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

FROM JOHANNA FERNANDEZ (Campaign to Bring Mumia Home and Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal)

All: A lot is happening. Here is a quick synopsis of yesterday's meeting.

We visited Mumia yesterday (Fri April 3) at the prison. After being denied access early that morning, we were called back and told that a group of 5 could visit. Those in attendance during the visit were: Mike Africa, Keith Cook, Johanna Fernandez, Abdul Jon and Rachel Wolkenstein.

The pressure mounted by the movement was tremendous; I, personally, overheard an operator at the prison say in, the background, that the phones were ringing off the hook. Mumia was brought out in a wheel chair to the visiting room, but given his condition, the visit should have taken place in the infirmary. His spirit is strong, but his body is in need of urgent medical attention. He needs to see a diabetes specialist (Endocrinologist) and a dermatologist, chosen by his family and closest supporters. He has not yet been seen by the diabetes specialist and his blood sugar is still fluctuating dangerously. Yesterday, Mumia's blood sugar was at 336. And in spite of this dangerously high count he was given spaghetti for lunch. He hast lost at least 80lbs, he was very weak and had difficulty breathing at the end of our one hour visit. His skin is hard and black everywhere in his body, except his face. He had slurred speech during parts of our visit, was trembling by the end of it, and even though he tried to appear strong for us, he was weak and vulnerable. This was very difficult for us to see, because Mumia has always had a strong constitution, both physically and mentally. When we asked how he was feeling physically, he said that he was very ill on Wed and Thurs and couldn't stay awake or get up on those days. Yet he was transferred back to the prison prematurely at 7pm on Wed. One of the last things he told us was that he believes in the power of the people. He was happy to hear about the out pouring of support. But in the end, Mumia is selfless man. This is why he has become known the Voice of the Voiceless. Unfortunately, his greatest asset -- that he is a fighter for those who suffer under the thumb of those in power, the world over -- is his greatest liability when it comes to his own personal well being. He is NOT his best advocate. It is up to us to play that role on his behalf. He is also too close to the situation and too ill, to fully comprehend the magnitude of the torture-by-medical-neglect inflicted on him by the state.

He needs independent, specialized medical attention, urgently. And this is our major demand.

We need to step up the pressure and oppose the attempt at state execution of Mumia by medical neglect.

Approximately 40 people drove in car caravans to the prison from Philadelphia, New York and DC. We had a press conference outside the prison after the visit. Then we drove to the Department of Corrections and forced a meeting with Susan E. Mcnaughton, the press secretary of the DOC. We promised to return on Monday for a meeting with Secretary of the DOC, John Wetzel. Our presence was heard both at SCI Mahanoy and at the DOC.

We need volunteers to drive back up to the DOC on Monday.

I leave you with the conviction that if we fight together, we will win this battle and bring Mumia home.

With love, Johanna



This government has been trying to murder Mumia for 34 years. The power of this movement stopped his execution in 1995 and 1999, and got him off of death row. Now they're deliberately trying to murder him through medical neglect and intentional torture. This situation is urgent and couldn't be more serious. Mumia is currently in a wheelchair, two days ago he couldn't stand up, his speech is slurred, and he can barely hold a bottle of water. This isn't just medical neglect, this is a continuation of the premeditated murder that was set in place when Mumia was shot in the chest, was rammed headfirst into a steel pole, and was then railroaded through the courts and onto death row. Just two months ago Phil Africa died under similar suspicious circumstances. We have absolutely no time to waste.

People must treat this as if Mumia's death warrant has been signed and the execution date is tomorrow, because that's their intention. They have absolutely no intention of freeing Mumia, and they have no interest in letting him live a long life in prison continuing to be an example of resistance for the world. They want Mumia dead, and if they can do it by medical neglect they will. The only reason Mumia wasn't executed in 1995, the only reason he was moved off of death row is because the pressure for justice for Mumia was too strong. The only way Mumia is going to live through this attack on his life is if all people step up and immediately demand healthier diet for Mumia and the ability to have outside medical care. We aren’t asking for anything here that hasn't been done in Pennsylvania prisons before. There are diets in place for people dealing with health problems and they aren't even giving him that. Since he was prematurely taken from the hospital and put back in the prison where these problems started his blood sugar levels have been rising because they are only giving him foods like pasta that are dangerous with diabetes.

Their intention with all of these side attacks is to distract people from the main point, which is that Mumia is innocent and shouldn't have served one day in prison in the first place. The sacrifice that Mumia and the MOVE 9 are making, and that Phil and Merle Africa have already given their lives for, is for the benefit of everyone. People must stand up and reciprocate that commitment, today. If you don't act today his death warrant could be carried out tomorrow.


MUMIA: A Long Distance Revolutionary

A Street Legal Cinema Production Written, Directed, and Edited by Stephen Vittoria Produced by Stephen Vittoria, Noelle Hanrahan, and Katyana Farzanrad of Street Legal Cinema in association with Prison Radio.

FEATURING Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Dick Gregory, Amy Goodman, Peter Coyote, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, and many others

Unlike any other film about Mumia Abu-Jamal, this definitive documentary focuses on his dramatic life as a writer, journalist, and revolutionary from Pennsylvania's Death Row.


New York, NY - Opens February 1, 2013
Hudson, NY - February 14-17 & 21-23, 2013
Princeton, NJ - February 16, 2013 (12:30 PM)
Miami, FL - February 21-24, 2013
Seattle, WA - February 22-28, 2013
New Orleans, LA - February 22-28, 2013
Chula Vista, CA - February 25, 2013
Calgary, AB - February 27, 2013
Huntington, NY - February 28, 2013
Los Angeles, CA - Opens March 1, 2013
Claremont, CA - Opens March 1, 2013
Pasadena, CA - Opens March 1, 2013
Plainfield, VT - March 3, 2013
Oakland, CA - Opens March 8, 2013
Dormont, PA - March 21-24, 2013
Montpelier, VT - March 22-31, 2013
Toledo, OH - April 2, 2013
Norfolk, VA - April 3, 2013
Philadelphia, PA - May 3, 2013


Judge Dembe Denies Mumia's Post-Sentence Motion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rachel Wolkenstein

October 5, 2012 (917) 689-4009

Judge Dembe Denies Mumia's Post-Sentence Motion


Judge Pamela Dembe President of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas affirmed her secret sentencing of Mumia Abu-Jamal to life imprisonment and dismissed Mumia's post-sentence motion, on October 1 according to the court docket records. Dembe's order followed the DA's motion to dismiss, which outrageously asserted that a life sentence was "the precise relief" Mumia sought overt the past thirty years!

The DA's motion centered on a false rendition of the prosecution's "evidence" against Mumia--it went way beyond the even the perjured and coerced testimony that was presented at the trial. Needless to say, it ignored the federal court rulings that Mumia was unconstitutionally and illegally sentenced to death.

It was Judge Dembe who deemed it irrelevant that Judge Albert Sabo, the trial judge and PCRA judge from 1995-1998, admitted his bias and racism with his declaration, overheard by a court stenographer, "Yes, I'm going to help them fry the n-----." It was Sabo's instruction to the jury that the courts found to be illegal. Dembe in 2001 refused to hold an evidentiary hearing on Sabo's bias as well as new evidence of Mumia's innocence, including the confession of Arnold Beverly who swore he was the man who killed police officer Daniel Faulkner.

On August 13, 2012, Judge Dembe imposed a life sentence without parole on Mumia, without even notifying him. This was in flagrant violation of constitutional and PA statutory law, intended to foreclose Mumia's right to challenge his sentence to "slow death row," life sentence without parole. Had Mumia known of the impending sentencing, he would have argued for immediate release from prison pursuant to a motion for extraordinary relief based on thirty years of solitary confinement on death row pursuant on an illegal sentence. The decade he spent in solitary confinement, while the DA tried to get the death sentence reinstated by the Federal Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court, was retaliation against Mumia for not being silenced.

Mumia's post-sentence motion challenged Judge Dembe's secret proceeding. It also was a constitutional challenge to life imprisonment without parole as a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, the Pennsylvania Constitution's prohibition against cruel punishments, evolving standards of decency and international law. It further challenged solitary confinement and the fact that death row prisoners are illegally kept in solitary.

Mumia's challenge to a life-imprisonment sentence unified the fight of all those men and women who are fighting state torture, the death sentence, the "slow death row" of life imprisonment and the debilitating and degrading conditions of incarceration. Having been defeated and denied a "legal lynching," the state wants Mumia to rot away in prison. Our fight continues to be freedom for Mumia, as part of the fight for liberation of all mankind.

2/2012 Five new photos from International Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition, NYC!


Mumia's second contact visit in 30 years!

Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal article:


Victory! Mumia Abu-Jamal Transferred Out of Solitary Confinement Mumia Abu-Jamal Transferred Out of Solitary Confinement

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Corrections tells Democracy Now! it has transferred Mumia Abu-Jamal out of solitary confinement and into general population. The move comes seven weeks after Philadelphia prosecutor Seth Williams announced he would not pursue the death penalty against the imprisoned journalist. Abu-Jamal's legal team confirmed the move in an email from attorney, Judy Ritter. "This is a very important moment for him, his family and all of his supporters," Ritter wrote.

Supporters of Abu-Jamal note prison officials just received more than 5,000 petitions calling for his transfer and release. Superintendent John Kerestes has previously said Abu-Jamal would have to cut short his dreadlocks, and meet several other conditions, before a transfer would be allowed.

While on death row at SCI Green, Abu-Jamal made regular phone calls to Prison Radio in order to record his columns and essays, but prison officials revoked his phone privileges after he was moved to SCI Mahanoy, the Frackville, PA prison in which he's currently being held. Prison Radio has since announced it will continue to record and distribute Abu-Jamal's essays as ready by his well-known supporters.


Act now to get Mumia out of solitary confinement!

Mumia Sends his "congratulations" to the People for Attending 12/9 Event

From International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal:

Date: December 28, 2011 5:33:47 AM PST
Subject: [icffmaj] Mumia Sends his "congratulations" to the People for Attending 12/9 Event

As of 12/19/11, from Administrative Custody in Frackville, PA Mumia sends his congratulations to "the people for comin' out in the cold, chilly, crazy-ass Philly air" to Dec. 9th's event.

To view footage from this event including video and pictures of Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Marc Lamont Hill, Ramona Africa, Immortal Technique and many more, please visit:


Dear Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,

Wonderful news! For the first time in 30 years Mumia Abu-Jamal is no longer in a tiny virtually solitary confinement cell awaiting execution on SCI Greene's death row. We expect that for the first time in 30 years he will soon be able to physically touch family members and friends. He has been transferred to Pennsylvania's Mahanoy prison where he is temporarily in "administration segregation" (see below). He is expected to be placed in the general prison population soon. Mumia reports that for the first time in 30 years – as much as this is possible under prison circumstances – he is being treated with respect and in a friendly manner.

Nevertheless, we remain extremely concerned for Mumia's life. We have not forgotten that the Fraternal Order of Police has been on a 30-year campaign to seek his execution. History demonstrates all too frequently that well-known police frame-up victims have "mysteriously," and sometimes not so mysteriously, been killed in prison. Now is the time to let prison authorities know that the world is still watching and now is the time to write Mumia to express your support (address below).

Our December 11 Laney College event in Oakland, California was a great success, with some 200 activists attending – celebrating the fact that the threat of execution is no longer over Mumia's head while pledging to intensify the fight for a new trial where new evidence can be presented and his freedom won. Our Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal event was co-sponsored by the African American Studies Departments at Laney and Merritt Colleges and by the Laney Black Student Union. The latter graciously served dinner for everyone at the event's conclusion.

Angela Davis, Ramona Africa, Barbara Becnel, Boots Riley, Jeff Mackler, Crystal Bybee, Vanessa Aldrich and Daniel Alley presented well-crafted and stirring remarks. We covered all the bases – with solidarity statements to and from political prisoners around the world, support for Bradley Manning, Kevin Cooper, the Occupy Wall Street movement and presentations on the lessons learned in the tragically unsuccessful fights to stop the executions of Troy Davis and Stanley "Tookie" Williams. We understood that these struggles were nevertheless crucial to the fight to end the death penalty and to challenge the very legitimacy of the racist criminal "injustice" system.

We were also inspired by the video presentations of Nobel Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, who called for Mumia's immediate release, and from Michelle Alexander, author of the new book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." One of Mumia's attorneys, of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Christine Swarms, updated the case via video. This was an afternoon that few will forget and one that will mark a new beginning in the freedom struggle. In Philadelphia, a companion rally with Cornel West and many others attracted almost 1,000 people at the National Constitution Center.

More than ever the growing movement for Mumia's freedom requires your active support, not to mention financial assistance. Mumia is alive today because the mass movement we have collectively built for so many decades made the political price of his murder to high to pay. We now enter a new phase of the struggle, one that will not end until Mumia is free and with us again to build every social struggle for human freedom and dignity.

To help the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal continue its work and help support the legal struggle, we urge you to join us in building a powerful movement to FREE MUMIA!

You can begin by mailing your check today payable to:

Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
P.O. Box 10328
Oakland, CA 94610

Call: 510-268-9429 for further information.

In solidarity,

Jeff Mackler and Laura Herrera, Co-coordinators,
Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Write to Mumia at:

Mumia Abu Jamal
301 Morea Rd.
Frackville, PA. 17932

Express your concern for Mumia's safety. Call:

Superintendent John Kerestes
Deputy Superintendent Bernadette Mason
570 773-2158

This is no time to relax, we must be ever-vigilant!

12/7/11 - Pennsylvania DA Will NOT Seek Mumia Execution!

10/11/11 - U.S. Supreme Court Affirms that Mumia Abu-Jamal's Death Sentence is Unconstitutional

4/26/11 - Mumia Abu-Jamal wins critical court decision

9/22/10 - Legal Update from Attorney Robert R. Bryan - major case development

9/21/10 - New Mumia Film To Show at National Constitution Center! Please help spread the word.


6/13/10 - Legal Update by Robert Bryan

1/26/10 - Supreme Court opens door to Mumia's execution by Jeff Mackler

1/21/10 - Pam Africa on Supreme Court ruling against Mumia, SF Bay View interview - intro message by Jeff Mackler

Mumia faces new execution threat!

On Friday, 1/15/10, the US Supreme Court will hear Pennsylvania's effort to execute Mumia. Details:
Critical message from Hans Bennett, co-editor of Free Mumia News and leading advocate for Mumia's freedom.

11/11/09 - Mumia Abu-Jamal faces new execution threat but his freedom is still within reach
Jeff MacklerArticle

Click here for Pam Africa and NAACP news; Letters from Cynthia McKinney and Charels Rangel to Holder; sign petition to Attorney General Eric Holder.

6/6/09 Legal update from Robert R. Bryan

4/6/09 - Legal Update - Supreme Court Denies Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal, by Jeff Mackler

2/8/09 Legal update from Robert R. Bryan

2/5/09 Update by Jeff Mackler, Pennsylvania again seeks Mumia's execution

12-15-08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal - U.S. Supreme Court developments regarding Mumia Abu-Jamal

10-18-08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

9-12-08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

7-22-08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal - Denial of New Trial

7-8-08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

6/10/08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

5/30/08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

4/11/08 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal regarding 3/37/08 court decision

3/28/08 Protest Report from The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, SF Bay Area

Since the outrageous federal court decision against Mumia on 3/27 (see below), there have been protests in SF, San Jose, NYC, Philadelphia, LA, Portland, and Erlangen and Nürnberg, Germany.

3/27/08 - Emergency Protests! The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejects all appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamal. See below for the text of the decision

3/27/08 - From Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal: pdf file of the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals - please wait a moment while the document loads (118 pages)

3/10/08 - Update from Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

2/19/08 PA Supreme Court decision - see Events page

1/24/08 - New film on Mumia Abu-Jamal's case is Featured Film today on, and is playing at Sundance Film Festival

12/25/07 - New Evidence! THE POLAKOFF PHOTOS --
New Photos of the Crime Scene of the Shooting Death of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner -- 21 FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions -- by Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Journalists for Mumia Abu-Jamal, in consultation with Dr. Michael Schiffmann

12/17/07 - Update from Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal - NBC's "Today Show"; pending decision

Video of broadcast

11/14/07 - Legal update from Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

11/14/07 - Solidarity with ILWU Local 10 Against all Government Intervention

9/10/07 - Letter from Robert R. Bryan, lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

7/4/07 - Legal Update from Robert Bryan: federal and state proceedings

5/17/07 - Mumia Abu-Jamal on the Road to Freedom?

Full-page ad in The Nation & Mumia update/two court victories; funds needed for ad!

3/22/07 Legal update from Attorney Robert Bryan: Oral arguments set for 5/17/07, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Philadelphia, PA

12/7/06 PRESS RELEASE: U.S. House Condemns Mumia Abu-Jamal

12/4/06 Legal update from Attorney Robert Bryan

11/30/06 Legal update from Attorney Robert Bryan

11/24/06 New book published in Germany by Michael Schiffmann reveals new evidence in Mumia's case - review by Hans Bennett

11/16/06 Read short legal update from Attorney Robert Bryan regarding Paris letters below

Download Letters from Mumia and Robert Bryan to Paris Mayor and City Council

9/3/06 Legal update from Attorney Robert Bryan

German Parliament members demand Mumia's immediate release

Download pdf file:
Letter from members of German Parliament to PA Governor Rendell demanding Mumia's immediate release!

7/23/06 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Download pdf file of the brief:
7/20/06 Brief of Appellee and Cross Appellant, Mumia Abu-Jamal, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia

Read Robert Bryan'smessage regarding the brief

7/19/06 - Leading UK lawyers petition US Court re racism in case of deathrow journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal

6/27/06 Legal Update from Robert R. Bryan, Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Dear Friends: Attached is the latest Legal Update regarding current developments in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Please feel free to distribute and use this as you see fit. As you know, Mumia remains on Pennsylvania's death row and is in great danger. He is a powerful symbol, the "voice of the voiceless," in the international campaign against the death penalty & for human rights. Our goal is to see that the many wrongs that have occurred in this case are righted and that this courageous man is freed. It is important that the attached Legal Update be published via your lists & web sites, so that people will be abreast of what is happening with Mumia's case. Your concern is appreciated.

With best wishes,

Robert R. Bryan
Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal

6/23/06 Download: "Saint Denis France Names Street in Honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal! - Read on to understand the ensuing attack from U.S. officials and the important work of resisting at this critical final hour of Mumia's case"

Produced by ICFFMAJ - important organizing tool - email or print and distribute widely!

Mumia Abu-Jamal
One legal decision away from execution!
One legal decision from new trial and freedom!

6/5/06 Update by Jeff Mackler, co-coordinator of The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

From International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal:

6/5/06 FOP Update! Free Mumia!
Congressman Fitzpatrick and Congresswoman Schwartz co-sponsored House Resolution 407, calling on the US Congress to denounce the honoring of Mumia by the city of Saint Denis in naming a street after him.


By Rafael Rodriguez Cruz

Report on 5/11 Forum, SF:

Pam Africa, Robert R. Bryan, Michael Schiffmann hosted by The Mobilization to Free Mumia

April 29, 2006 - U.S. Delegation Goes to France for Mumia Street Naming!

From International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal:

APRIL 29, 2006
WHERE: Saint-Denis, France
WHAT: A large U.S. delegation will be joining a ceremony in France for the naming of a newly constructed street next to the Nelson Mandela Stadium in honor of Mumia. All are welcome to make the trip!
CONTACT: For information contact the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, (215) 476-8812,

1/24/06 Legal Update from Attorney Robert Bryan


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