Mumia Abu-Jamal is a passionate activist who became a victim of the United States justice system. In 1982 he was convicted and charged with the first degree murder of a white police officer in December of 1981 and was given the death penalty.
His trial was a complete circus. His jury was biased and consisted of ten white people and only two black people in a town that was 40% black. Judge Sabo, who presided over his trial, was notorious for passing down the death penalty and made it clear he did not care about justice.
In addition, many of the "key witnesses" from the original trial have confessed to being coerced into a false testimony by the police. Fortunately, attempts to execute Mumia have been stopped, but he still lies in jail due to an unfair judge, a rigged jury, and an incompetent appointed lawyer. Justice still needs to be served. Whether innocent or guilty, everyone deserves the right to a fair trial. Give Mumia Abu-Jamal his due process and demand a retrial!
Dear Honorable Pamela P. Dembe,
The case of Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the most controversial cases of the 20th century. In 1982, Mumia was convicted and charged with the first degree murder of a white police officer in December of 1981.
Mumia, whose FBI record began at age 14 for protesting segregation, was doomed from the start of his trial. He was a known member of the Black Panther Party, and a passionate activist. He was given an incompetent lawyer, a biased jury, and was sentenced by Judge Albert Sabo, who has sentenced to death over twice the amount of people than any other judge in the entire country!
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Fortunately, moves to execute Mumia have been stopped, but there is still work to be done. Mumia Abu-Jamal deserves his due process as an American citizen. I urge you to grant him a retrial.
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