In a amazing transform of situations, on Dec. 28th six previously undisclosed containers of files labeled Mumia were “discovered” in an abandoned furniture closet at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office environment on 3 South Penn Sq..
On January 3rd Nancy Kavanaugh, Assistant DA, notified the Popular Pleas court and Abu-Jamal’s attorneys.
This extraordinary change of situations has arrive in the wake of hearings long lasting in excess of two decades in the course of which the Court docket demanded full disclosure from the DA. Annoyed by the absence of compliance with his orders, and patently apparent obstruction, Choose Tucker needed that he personally evaluate all of the beforehand disclosed MAJ boxes in his chambers. It was only just after Tucker’s intervention that suitable materials, on which the new appeal was received, was unearthed.
The new product/containers uncovered on 12/28, the day following the Tucker get granting Mumia aid in the Common Pleas court, could keep missing using tobacco gun evidence. Or they could just be copies of currently turned above info.
What is distinct is that this growth phone calls into concern the capacity of the DA to comply with the prerequisites of thanks method and a truthful hearing. It also offers a moral, if not a authorized cause, for the District Attorney to not oppose the reinstatement of all of Mumia’s direct point out enchantment legal rights.
District Attorney Larry Krassner is experiencing a January 27th courtroom deadline to appeal Tucker’s get. If he appeals there could be many years of delay right before Mumia can problem his felony conviction.
It is also worthy to note that the 6 packing containers surface previous, circa 2000 or just before. All but 1 had Mumia’s title and have been labeled in such a way (18/29, 24/29, 29/29 and so forth.) as to advise that they are portion of a larger set.
As a P.I. I straight away imagined about other dramatic historical illustrations concerning revelations of hidden evidence. When key proof quickly materializes in a garage (Hurricane Carter), a purposely lengthy overlooked proof locker (Guildford 4) and now in a household furniture closet (Mumia Abu-Jamal).
Although there could be nothing at all in the containers of worth, and the court could disregard the sanctions it need to impose, make no miscalculation, there is a wide array of withheld, suppressed, and made proof in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. For a comprehensive explanation of the glitches in his case see Producing Guilt by Stephen Vittoria.
Until eventually this newest ruling, the Widespread Pleas court in Philadelphia has been complicit in suppressing important police corruption, prosecutorial misconduct and evidence of Mumia’s innocence. Abu-Jamal v. Commonwealth of PA has it all: misplaced or forgotten ballistics tests, witness recantations, exposure of bogus confessions, and photographic evidence of crime scene tampering.
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