Long time political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, just might be one step closer to finally winning his freedom after decades of imprisonment due to being wrongfully convicted for murdering a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. With the moral backing of millions of supporters around the world, he has been battling the powerful prison industry deceptively disguised as the United States judicial system.
The latest chapter in this drama of racism, collusion and corruption was a decision on whether or not to disallow a number of refusals for appeals by an appellate judge, Ronald Castille, who had been a District Attorney involved in Mumia’s case as well as personally lobbying the governor of Pennsylvania for the death penalty in the case.
”The claim of bias, prejudice and refusal of former Justice Castille to recuse himself is worthy of consideration as true justice must be completely just without even a hint of partiality, lack of integrity or impropriety,” wrote Judge Tucker on December 27.
“This is an unheard of legal victory,” said lawyer Rachel Wolkenstein, former lawyer and longtime activist for Abu-Jamal. “This is the best opportunity we have had for Mumia’s freedom in decades.”
The following is from the MumiaNYC Website:
Thursday, 27 Dec 2018
From Rachel Wolkenstein
Judge Tucker granted Mumia new appeal rights. This is a decision that Mumia can file a new appeal to the PA Superior Court on all the issues that were denied by the PA Supreme Court while Castille was a PA Supreme Court Justice. All Mumia appeal denials from 1998-2014.
It was denied on the Williams argument, but granted on the general issue that Castille should have recused himself on the grounds that it created an “appearance of bias” for him to be a Justice in Mumia’s case. I haven’t seen the decision yet to give you a run-down of Tucker’s exact reasoning.
But this is a win — opens the door to Mumia getting a new trial — or dismissal of charges — after an appeal to the PA courts. Based on Krasner’s court filings and recent statements on WHYY, Krasner/Philadelphia DA will appeal this decision by Judge Tucker. We need to be clear that Krasner stands with the FOP to keep Mumia locked in prison for the rest of his life.
We will be ALL OUT against Krasner appealing this decision and ALL OUT for Mumia’s freedom.
Concluding paragraph of Judge Leon Tucker’s decision:
”Accordingly, Petitioner’s Petition for post conviction relief is DENIED as to the Williams claim of personal significant involvement and GRANTED as to the claim of unconstitutional bias pursuant to the due process clause of the United States Constitution, and Aetna, Caperton, Lemanski, and Mcfall, inter alia. 106 S.Ct. 1580; 129 S.CT 2252; 529 A.2d 1085; 617 A.2d 712,”