Call on the Obama Administration to Investigate Mumia Abu-Jamal's Case
DNA is not available in Mumia's case, so no side will ever have scientific proof of his innocence or guilt. But there are enough troubling, well-documented instances of race-based misconduct that the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal -- who's been imprisoned on Death Row for much of the past 30 years -- warrants further federal investigation.
Justice can't be served for Mumia without a concerted investigation into the systematic misconduct that led to his conviction. Take a moment to call on Attorney General Eric Holder today to help bring what happened in Mumia's case to light.
Over the years, Mumia has rightly been called the "voice of the voiceless." Now it's time for us to lend our voices to the chorus crying out against a potentially fatal miscarriage of justice.
- Department of Justice
- President of the United States
We support the call for your office to initiate a civil rights investigation into the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Troubling and well-documented instances of race-based misconduct by local and state authorities infect the circumstances surrounding Abu-Jamal's conviction and subsequent appeals. As these allegations directly implicate racial bias in the in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's courts, an independent federal inquiry is appropriate.
Executive action is specifically required to conduct a de novo review the whole record of Abu-Jamal's case. No such official investigation has been ever undertaken despite major national and international condemnation. Federal judicial review has been artificially and unfairly blinded by procedural bars and deference to state-court fact finding. Only your office can conduct a full and credible inquest necessary to prevent a potentially fatal miscarriage of justice.
As the experience of DNA exonerations have taught us, it is all too possible for innocents to be wrongly convicted and sentenced to die. Although no DNA evidence exists in Mumia Abu-Jamal's case, there is extensive evidence pointing both towards his individual innocence and towards the existence of a conspiracy of state authorities to violate his constitutional rights. Permitting his execution without scrupulously examining this evidence would create an international scandal and betray the ideals of justice to which you are committed.
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