Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal may be the most celebrated death row inmate in
America.  In 1982 he was convicted and sentenced to death for the
murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.  Since then,
from his cell on Pennsylvania's death row, he has been on the
forefront of the crusade against racism and political bias in the
American judicial system.  Last year his scheduled commentaries for
National Public Radio’s All Things Considered caused such
controversy-many believed that NPR was giving a monster a
soapbox—that they were abruptly canceled. NPR’s decision
generated outrage and sparked nationwide debates about censorship,
capital punishment and Abu-Jamal’s right to speak out.
	Reacting to international public pressure that has been
mobilized in support of Mumia Abu Jamal, Judge Albert Sabo granted a
stay of execution on Monday, August 7, ten days before his scheduled
execution. The stay will allow Abu Jamal's defense team to file an
appeal for a new trial to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The
execution order was signed by right-wing Pennsylvania Governor Tom
Ridge, who recently won the state house on a pro-death penalty
platform. Abu Jamal was convicted of the murder of a Philadelphia
police officer in 1982 in a highly biased trial that Amnesty
International has described as a mockery of justice.
For more information, send e-mail to mumia-info@igc.apc.org, or call
the Prison Activist Resource Center at (510) 845-8813.  

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