The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Mumia’s Death Sentence Overturned Again—For Now

May 2, 2011

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided for a second time that Mumia Abu-Jamal deserves a new sentencing trial to determine whether he should receive the death penalty or life imprisonment. The U.S. Supreme Court had asked the Circuit Court to reconsider its earlier decision in response to an appeal by Philadelphia prosecutors.

This is now the third time a court has overturned Mumia’s death sentence, yet the Philadelphia district attorney still intends to drag Mumia through yet another appeal. It has been 10 years since a lower court judge at the district level first overturned Mumia’s death sentence and 28 years that he has been on death row–put there because of his political views just as political activists were railroaded or killed by dictatorships in Egypt, Syria, Libya....

This latest decision does nothing to overturn Mumia’s conviction for the killing of a Philadelphia cop, despite mountains of evidence in his favor. But it does testify to the support Mumia has gathered around the world. He is alive today because of international outrage against the trial and condemnation of an innocent man.

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal now!