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The Secret Scheme To Sabotage Abu-Jamal's Appeal Rights

Started by Indy Media, April 17, 2013, 12:59:25 pm

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The Secret Scheme To Sabotage Abu-Jamal's Appeal Rights

Mumia Abu-Jamal, the internationally recognized American political prisoner, thwarted a Philadelphia judge?s secretive court order that could have eliminated his future appeal rights when he filed a last- minute motion on August 23rd challenging that order sentencing him to life-without-parole.

Most supporters and detractors of Abu-Jamal had been expecting the formal conversion of his controversial death sentence to life-without-parole in the wake of a federal appeals court?s second and final rejection of requests from Philadelphia prosecutors to keep Abu-Jamal on death row back in April 2011. What was unexpected by Abu-Jamal supporters were the procedures surrounding the secretive court order, which appears to have violated a number of Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure.

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