Mumia Abu Jamal Removed From Death Row And Transferred To Another Prison
Black Panther activist and former death-row political-prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal – who has been held captive in solitary confinement, within the Pennsylvania penitentiary system, for the past 3 decades – was transferred on Wednesday to another Keystone state concentration camp, where he’ll soon be placed in general population.
“I must admit to some surprise because I was expecting the hearing … even though many friends, supporters, and even lawyers, said there probably wouldn’t be one,” Mumia mentioned on Monday.
After combating an unforgiveable injustice system since December 9th 1981, all the while enduring the grind of anticipating his death-warrant to be signed at any given moment, Mumia and his attorneys claimed major victories recently.
Both, when the Supreme Court in October declared his death-sentence to be ‘unconstitutional’, then again last week after the district attorney conceded, announcing they’d no longer pursue to legally lynch Abu-Jamal – automatically relegating him to a sentence of ‘life in prison without parole’.
“While Abu-Jamal will no longer be facing the death penalty, he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life, and that is where he belongs,” boldly claimed A.D. Seth Williams.
“Another penalty proceeding would open the case to the repetition of the state appeals process and an unknowable number of years of federal review again, even if we were successful,” said the district attorney.
Having spent the past 16 years at the maximum-security Greene State Prison in Waynesburg, the prolific penman has been down-graded and transferred east-bound to medium-security Mahanoy State Prison in Frackville, approximately 80 miles northwest of Philly.
“I am for the first time in almost 30 years… I’m not on death-row, physically. It takes some getting used to, you see, I’m still acclimating myself.” Mumia stated. “Because there will not be a hearing there is some disappointment, because we thought we could make some things happen in that hearing and really give a good fight,” Abu-Jamal said, “but we’ll have to fight in other ways.”
Widener University law professor, Judith Ritter, Abu-Jamal’s attorney in recent appeals, commented.
“There is no question that justice is served when a death sentence from a misinformed jury is overturned,” asserted Ritter. “Thirty years later, the district attorney’s decision not to seek a new death-sentence also furthers the interests of justice.”
Amnesty International, which maintains that Abu-Jamal’s trial was “manifestly unfair and failed to meet international fair trial standards,” said the district attorney’s decision does not go far enough. Abu-Jamal still has an appeal pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court concerning the validity of ballistics evidence.
“Amnesty International continues to believe that justice would best be served by granting Mumia Abu-Jamal a new trial,” said Laura Moye, director of the human rights group’s Campaign to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Pam Africa contends…
“Mumia is being set-up for assassination… Pennsylvania authorities intend to have Mumia Abu Jamal killed if he is transferred to the general inmate population, said Pam Africa, of International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal.
The Philadelphia District Attorney agreed last week to no longer pursue the death penalty in the killing of a police officer, 30 years ago. ‘This is a devious trick of theirs,’ said Ms. Africa. ‘This is the same government that attempted to assassinate Leonard Peltier [American Indian Movement activist], this is the same government that murdered George Jackson [San Quentin inmate and Black Panther], and the list goes on.’”
Mumia Abu-Jamal Transferred, Call The Prison
From Ramona Africa of the MOVE organization:
ONA MOVE, Everybody! We’ve received news that Mumia has now been transferred to SCI-Mahanoy, another prison in Pennsylvania. He is in “Administrative Segregation”, he is not in general population yet. We need to let those administrators know, immediately, that we know Mumia is there and that the WORLD is watching. People need to flood the prison with calls and flood Mumia with postcards (Mumia needs to know that we have his back). —-Ramona
Mumia Abu Jamal
301 Morea Rd.
Frackville, PA. 17932
Superintendent John Kerestes
Deputy Superintendent Bernadette Mason
This is no time to relax, we must be ever-vigilant!!!
Written By Ice Pick Slim 17