[Fwd: (en) A Statement From Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal]

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Sun, 01 Nov 1998 11:08:58 -0500

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Subject: (en) A Statement From Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 1998 16:23:17 +0100
From: Quique <quique@tao.ca>
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      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

    A Statement From Death Row

        by Mumia Abu-Jamal, SCI-Greene, Waynesburg, PA, USA

October 31st, 1998

Once again, Pennsylvania's highest court has shown us the
best justice that FOP money can buy.  Ignoring right
reason, their own precedent, and fundamental justice,
they have returned to the stranglehold of death.  In their
echoes of the tortured logic of Judge Albert Sabo, they
have reflected a. striking fidelity to the DA's office.  If
it is fair to have a tribunal who are in part admittedly
paid by the FOP-and at least one justice who can double
as DA one day and a judge the next in the same case--then
fairness is just as empty a word as "justice."  To
paraphrase Judge Sabo, it is "just an emotional feeling."

In recent months the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has
upheld death sentences in cases where an impartial
reading of transcripts or pleadings would make an honest
affirmation all but impossible.  They have ignored all
evidence of innocence, overlooked clear instances of jury
taint, and cast a dead eye on defense attorneys'
ineffectiveness.  What they have done in my case is par
for the course.  This is a political decision, paid for by
the FOP on the eve of the election. It is a Mischief Night
gift from a court that has a talent for the macabre.

I am sorry that this court did not rule on the right side of
history.  But I am not surprised.  Every time our nation
has come to a fork in the road with regard to race, it has
chosen to take the path of compromise and betrayal.  On
October 29th, 1998, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
committed a collective crime: it damned due process,
strangled the fair trial, and raped justice.

Even after this legal legerdemain [sleight of' hand] I
remain innocent.  A court cannot make an innocent man
guilty.  Any ruling founded on injustice is not justice.
The righteous fight for life, liberty, and for justice can
only continue.

Mumia Abu-Jamal


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