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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Fate Hangs in the Balance

Nov 8, 2010

The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals is holding a hearing November 9 to decide whether or not to reinstate the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an outspoken black activist and journalist who has devoted his life to opposing racism, especially the actions of the Philadelphia police force. He was framed up for a 1981 cop killing, and for 29 years he has been rotting in prison, facing a death sentence.

Because the conduct of the police, prosecution and court was so outrageous, in 2001 the courts finally overturned the death sentence. There was a huge amount of new evidence that Mumia didn’t do it. Witnesses, who had testified against Mumia at trial, recanted, charging the police with coercing their testimony. Another man came forward and confessed to the shooting.

However, since then, there has been a real campaign to put Mumia to death. And in January, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and ordered the lower courts to reconsider the death sentence. Now, if the Third Circuit Court does impose the death penalty, it could clear the way for Mumia to be quickly executed.

It’s an outrage! We all have an interest to oppose it! Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!