By Jeff C
We’ve come a long way with Mumia abu Jamal. On Thursday, 12/27/18, a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge ruled that he can re-argue his appeal case.
Way back on June 3, 1995, Gov Tom Ridge signed a death warrant for Mumia to be executed on August 17, 1995. On August 8, Judge Sabo granted a stay of execution with just NINE DAYS to go. The stay of execution was expected because no one in the history of capital punishment had been executed that quickly. Plus, there were lots of questions remaining about the fairness of the original conviction in 1981. Many experts wondered aloud why Judge Sabo waited so long to issue the stay. Inwardly, few had any doubt.
In 1999, Ridge signed a second death warrant. This time it took Judge Yohn just 13 days to issue a stay order.
In 2001, Judge Yohn overturned Mumia’s death sentence.
Now thanks to JUDGE LEON TUCKER we finally have a chance to see Mumia’s conviction overturned.
I think of all the political prisoners whom this country has wrongly executed: the Haymarket Martyrs, Joe Hill, Sacco and Vanzetti, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg among others. We are so lucky to have come this far with Mumia. Let’s not let up for one moment!
Please contact Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and urge him to refrain from appealing this decision. He was elected on a campaign of justice reform, but he will be placed under a whole lot of pressure from the Fraternal Order of Police. We need to show him that we have his back when he does the right thing.
DA Larry Krasner
Philadelphia District Attorney
Three South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3499
Jeff C is a worker like you, struggling just to get by.