Philly judge challenges “liberal” DA over Mumia’s appeal rights

first_imgIn December, prison abolitionists and supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal hailed Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker’s ruling that granted new appellate rights to the internationally celebrated activist and author. Due to various suspicions about bias on the part of former State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille, Tucker ruled that Mumia should have the right to appeal his fraudulent conviction for the killing of police officer Daniel Faulkner.Major march to Free Mumia set to take place in Philadelphia on April 27After first revealing that staff had “discovered” several new boxes of evidence that had previously been concealed from both the courts and Mumia’s legal team, Philadelphia District Attorney Krasner’s office then challenged Tucker’s historic ruling. Krasner, elected in 2017, was hailed at the time as a reformer. But his adamant attempts to cover up the frameup of the former Black Panther have now alienated him from some of his most progressive supporters. And he has also drawn the ire of Leon Tucker, a twice-elected Black judge.Because the DA’s office appealed Tucker’s December decision, it is required to file a form 1925 with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court providing more detail to back up its appeal. Judge Tucker is then allowed to file his own form 1925 in response. Those most recent court filings in late March reveal an increasingly public rift between Tucker and Krasner about Abu-Jamal’s case.Letters from Castille surfaced during the appeal and showed he was seeking aggressive sentencing for those convicted of police killings. They display “an unconstitutional appearance of bias and would lead a significant minority of the lay community to reasonably question Justice Castille’s impartiality,” Tucker wrote in his response to Krasner’s form 1925 filing. “Justice is being conformable, human, divine, fair, impartial, honest … no matter what.  Not sometimes or most of the time, but at all times, be it at trial or on appeal. [Mumia’s] appeal has established by a preponderance of the evidence that … there was an unconstitutional potential for bias. [His] claims should be reviewed in the interest of justice.”Krasner maintains the same position that the DA’s office has proffered for decades about Abu-Jamal’s case. His reasoning, in short: If we acknowledge any prosecutorial and judicial misconduct in Mumia’s case, many other wrongful convictions of lesser known cases will be challenged, too.Abu-Jamal, who turns 65 this month, has been in prison since 1981.Noelle Hanrahan, who broadcasts Mumia’s words worldwide through Prison Radio, recently wrote, “While Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner might not feel a sense of urgency, we need to. Mumia Abu-Jamal will be 65 years old in a few weeks. His eyesight has been severely compromised, making it hard for him to read, because he is suffering from as yet untreated cataracts and serious glaucoma.  He is recovering from life-threatening complications of hepatitis C and diabetic shock caused by a reaction to treatment for debilitating skin rash conditions.” ( Abu-Jamal’s supporters held an event in Berkeley, Calif., April 6. Speakers included poet Alice Walker; activist, academic and author Angela Davis; and MOVE Minister of Confrontation Pam Africa, who also represented the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.Mumia supporters will march through Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood on April 27. A forum and book release at Uncle Bobbie’s community center will follow the march, marking the publication of the next volume of Mumia’s book, “Murder, Inc.,” about the long history of U.S. imperialism and colonial oppression. (For more information, see United States, which Mumia has long referred to as the “prison nation,” is in dire need of a robust prison abolitionist movement. The fight for Mumia’s freedom is a fight to free all political prisoners. Brick-by-brick, wall-by-wall, we will free Mumia — and free them all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Council support for Foynes air show

first_img TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtCllr Richard O’DonoghueCllr Stephen KearyFianna FáilFine GaelfoyneslimerickLimerick City and County Council by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THIS year’s Foynes Air Show moved closer to lift-off as Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kevin Sheahan called on the local authority to “respond positively” to a request for a €50,000 grant from the event organisers.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale municipal district meeting, Cllr Sheahan told the council executive that the air show organisers were under pressure and needed a commitment from the local authority.He also suggested a long-term commitment to the air show with Limerick City and County Council putting up €250,000 in funding over the next five years.“We should respond positively. It is a paltry contribution to tourism in West Limerick, a drop in the ocean. People are still talking about the giant granny. If we do this, they’ll be talking the same way about the air show,” he said.Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary described last year’s air show as a “spectacular event” and said that a €50,000 allocation from the Council would be “money well spent”.The 2014 airshow, which cost €115,000 to put on, attracted 20,000 spectators to the West Limerick port town, and was worth an estimated €1million to the local economy. This year’s event, due to take place in July or August, will mark the 70th anniversary of the closing of Foynes international seaplane base.Organisers estimated the total cost for this year’s airshow at €140,000.Fianna Fail councillor Richard O’Donoghue said it was great to see people from the city having to come out to rural Ireland for the Foynes event last year.“This could be a success beyond our wildest dreams, creating an income for businesses locally and in the hinterland,” Fine Gael councillor Tom Neville predicted.Director of Adare-Rathkeale municipal district, Tom Gilligan, told council members that he agreed with their sentiments.“It’s an excellent project and we should wholly endorse it. It can only benefit the whole county and city,” he added. WhatsApp Previous articleLimerick team named to face AntrimNext articleHurlers make trip up north Alan Jacques Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Twittercenter_img Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Email NewsLocal NewsCouncil support for Foynes air showBy Alan Jacques – February 20, 2015 959 last_img read more