MOBILIZE NOW FOR NOVEMBER 9TH IN PHILADELPHIA!
RALLY AT 12 NOON AT 6TH AND MARKET STS.
MUMIA’S HEARING IS AT 2PM
601 N. MARKET ST.
THE STREETS MUST BE PACKED WITH SUPPORTERS!! D.A. SETH WILLIAMS STATED VERY CLEARLY THAT WHEN THE TIME COMES, HE WILL DEFINITELY ASK FOR THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR MUMIA. THAT TIME IS HERE — NOVEMBER 9!
If you are in the DC Area please contact us ASAP if you would like to go to Philly for this demonstration. We are considering a carpool, buspool, or van/bus rental depending on the number of commitments.
Link with us at the Black August Planning Organization Facebook page, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY THE NOVEMBER 9, 2010 HEARING ON MUMIA IS SO CRITICAL
The only legal options to be considered at the Third Circuit’s November 9 hearing are whether Mumia Abu-Jamal is to be executed or get life in prison without parole. Clearly neither of those two options is acceptable.
To fully grasp the significance of the hearing, one needs to revisit Federal District Court Judge William Yohn, Jr.’s decision of December 18, 2001. In that ruling the judge upheld Mumia’s conviction but at the same time threw out his death sentence on the grounds that the verdict form used by the jury for sentencing at his trial violated the U.S. Supreme Court’s Mills precedent and therefore entitled Mumia to have his death sentence overturned. Yohn then gave the state 180 days to convene a new jury trial only on the issue of Mumia’s penalty, in which the choices would be either death or life in prison without parole. On the other hand, if the state did nothing, Yohn ruled that Mumia would automatically be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
At the time Judge Yohn stayed his ruling on the death sentence while the state appealed his decision to the next higher level of federal court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. (At the same time Mumia cross-appealed Judge Yohn’s decision upholding Mumia’s conviction.) Mumia was therefore never removed from Death row and remains there to this day.
On March 27, 2008, the Third Circuit upheld Yohn’s decision on the death penalty on a 3-0 vote. Again the decision was stayed while the state appealed to the highest federal level, the Supreme Court. (In the same decision, the Third Circuit rejected Mumia’s appeal on the conviction by 2-1 and, as before, Mumia cross-appealed that ruling.)
On January 10, 2010, the Supreme Court ordered the Third Circuit to reconsider its decision on the death sentence in light of its simultaneously-issued ruling unanimously rejecting an appeal from a white-supremacist named Spisak. That man admitted to killing at least two people in Ohio and openly wished to have murdered more. He had appealed his death sentence also as a violation of Mills, but involving a different aspect of it than Mumia’s case. The Sixth Circuit, as did the Third Circuit in Mumia’s case, ruled that the death sentence should be vacated, but the Supreme Court ruled that the Mills precedent did not apply in Spisak’s case, and that therefore execution rather than life in prison was the appropriate penalty. Based on that decision, the Supreme Court immediately applied the same argument to Mumia’s case and asked for the Third Circuit to reconsider the issue of execution for Mumia as well.
Thus, the hearing on November 9th is on Mumia’s penalty only. The choices before the court are either to sustain Yohn’s and its own earlier decisions or to reinstate the death penalty, clearing the way for Mumia’s possible quick execution.
If the Third Circuit reaffirms its earlier decision to sentence Mumia to life in prison without parole, the state will most likely appeal to the Supreme Court. (This is exactly what happened with Spisak, after the Sixth Circuit upheld its own earlier ruling which had overturned the man’s death sentence.) But in the unlikely event that the state doesn’t appeal, it will then have 180 days to implement Judge Yohn’s decision.
Of course if the Third Circuit rules against Mumia, he will appeal to the Supreme Court. However, the odds for relief are small, given the increasingly reactionary nature of that court.
Thus, Mumia’s legal situation is extremely dangerous. His life truly is on the line, for no matter how the court rules, the only two choices under this legal system are either execution or life in prison without parole and, for the moment, the prosecution, with all its allies and backers, is fighting very hard for execution.
THAT’S WHY WE ARE CALLING FOR ALL THOSE WHO POSSIBLY CAN TO COME OUT TO PHILADELPHIA WITH US ON THE 9TH. WE MUST STAY THE HANDS OF THE EXECUTIONERS AND PRY OPEN THE PRISON GATES FOR MUMIA’S RELEASE. FREE MUMIA! ABOLISH THE RACIST DEATH PENALTY!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
WE NEED ORGANIZING ON A MASSIVE LEVEL, ALL HANDS PULLING TOGETHER!
– DARBY TILLIS AND LAWRENCE HAYES, DEATH ROW EXONEREES were present on October 9 and are organizing within the anti-death penalty movement to educate them as to what is really going on with Mumia and to try and get as many exonerees as possible to Philadelphia on NOVEMBER 9, along with DR. SANDY JONES , who also presented at the program.
– THE UNIA HELPED ORGANIZE TO GET PEOPLE THERE
– THE IAC HELPED ORGANIZE TO GET PEOPLE THERE
– THE JERICHO MOVEMENT HELPED ORGANIZE TO GET PEOPLE THERE
– HAKIM FROM CHANNEL LIVE OUT OF NEW YORK IS HELPING ORGANIZE THE HIP HOP GENERATION TO GET ON BOARD
– ORGANIZERS IN FRANCE AND LONDON WERE THERE ON OCTOBER 9TH AND ARE ORGANIZING TO RETURN ON NOVEMBER 9TH
… AND THAT’S JUST TO NAME A FEW, SO EACH AND EVERYBODY CAN DO EVERYTHING THAT THEY CAN DO!
WHAT TO DO:
– CALL-IN ON RADIO STATIONS!
– CALL D.A. SETH WILLIAMS’ OFFICE AT 215-686-8000 AND TELL HIM HANDS OFF MUMIA!! – CALL/FAX/E-MAIL THE NEWS MEDIA ABOUT THE NEW EVIDENCE W/THE PICTURES (see http://www.freemumia.com)
PAM AFRICA ADDS: "COME IN AND SPEND THE WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 9TH AND HELP ORGANIZE TO GET PEOPLE OUT ON NOVEMBER 9 DURING MUMIA’S HEARING, THIS IS CRUCIAL. THESE PEOPLE ARE PLANNING TO COMMIT COLD-BLOODED, PREMEDITATED MURDER. WE ALSO NEED TO GET WITH THE POLITICIANS WHO ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE, THEY NEED TO TALK ABOUT HOW PHILADELPHIA IS PLANNING TO KILL AN INNOCENT MAN WHO DIDN’T HAVE A FAIR TRIAL."
WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING SO LET US KNOW — WE’LL KEEP PUTTING OUT UPDATES EVERY FEW DAYS. ALSO, IF YOU HAVEN’T BY NOW…
Please download the EXCELLENT Abu-Jamal News Newsletter at http://abu-jamal-news.com/docs/proof.pdf, which includes Mumia – MOVE 9 Parole – Mumia Legal Update nn Washington Jr – Kiilu Nyasha – Safiya Bukhari – Fred Hampton- Educators for Mumia – The Polakoff Photos – Justice on Trial – Mumia writes about Lynne Stewart, Oscar Grant, Marilyn Buck, and more!
"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory… You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future."
-Thomas Sankara, 1985
"La ilaha ill Allah wa Muhammadan Rasulullah" (there is only one God and Muhammad is his Messenger)
-20% of the world’s population
URGENT: Mumia’s life will be decided on 11-9-2010; come with us from DC to Philly to show your support!