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Mumia Abu-Jamal Deserves New Trial, Not New Death Sentence says Amnesty International

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, November 9, a three-judge
panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will conduct a hearing
to re-examine its previous decision overturning Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death

In 2000, after a painstaking review of
the case, Amnesty International concluded in its report, The Case of
Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Life in the Balance, that justice could only be served
by granting Abu-Jamal a new trial.   The following is a statement
from Laura Moye, director of Amnesty International USA’s Death Penalty
Abolition Campaign:

“Re-imposing the death penalty would be
intolerable.  Mumia Abu-Jamal should receive a new trial, not a new
death sentence.

“Serious questions about fairness in Mumia
Abu-Jamal’s case remain unanswered.  While Amnesty International
does not take a position on guilt or innocence, the organization maintains
that Abu-Jamal’s original trial, which was irredeemably tainted by politics
and race, failed to meet international fair trial standards.  

“Among myriad concerns surrounding this
case: Abu-Jamal had inadequate defense representation at trial and during
the sentencing phase.  Eleven potential African American jurors were
dismissed. The close political relationship between the Fraternal Order
of Police and the elected Pennsylvania judiciary was inappropriate.  The
judge, who had close political ties to law enforcement, was openly hostile
to the defense.

“These and other concerns have not been
addressed. Justice demands a new trial.  The state of Pennsylvania
should turn its back on the irreversible and broken death penalty system.”


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