Friday, May 18, 2007

Cause-Celeb Mumia Back in Court

"...I was starting to come to the realization that often my "fellow-travelers" on the far left were not interested in truth or justice or any of the things that are paid lip-service to, but were interested in furthering an ideology. Jamal was a hero of the "radicals." Grossman [Mumia's one-time lawyer] was an old-school Marxist who was simply doing his part for the "cause"... Whether Jamal shot and killed Faulkner or not, really didn’t seem to matter to Grossman, but it did to me." -Tony Allen, Former MOVE member and Mumia Activist, now "Exiled from Philly" (source)

Mumia is back in the news. A new trial took place yesterday: "At issue was whether Abu-Jamal will be put to death for the shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

Abu-Jamal's death sentence was overturned in 2001. Prosecutors are asking the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate it, while Abu-Jamal's attorney is challenging his 1982 conviction.

Most of Thursday's arguments centered around allegations of racial bias during the murder trial. "At the time of this trial in 1982, the District Attorney's Office of Philadelphia was systematically removing people from the jury who were African-American, not for any other reason but because of the color of their skin," said Abu-Jamal's attorney, Robert Bryan.

Bryan told the three federal judges his client did not have enough black people on his jury.

In 1982, a jury of 10 Caucasians and two black people convicted Abu-Jamal of shooting Faulkner to death." (source)

The quote at the top of the piece is that of a former rabid Mumia activist. He was an idealistic liberal youth who became entangled with MOVE and the Mumia Movement in his early 20's. A few eye-opening events led him to escape MOVE (including Mumia's lawyer saying he was guilty and the murder of an ex-MOVE member) and him and his wife live in hiding somewhere down South. He has two websites dedicated to exposing MOVE and the Mumia-Cause, which he sees as penance for his misguided activism.

THIS POST from his Anti MOVE/Mumia Blog (on Blogspot) is...well, unskimable (Is that a word?) With all the news stories and posts I read in a day, I have become the queen of the skim and scan read. Not this one. This one I read each and every word. Engrossing. I love an "insider's view" --and especially one of a former upper middle class white kid pulled into an all-Black far-left movement. A MUST read for anyone that has taken interest in the Mumia phenomenon over the past two decades (regardless of whether you think he's a murderer or the (barf) "Voice of the Voiceless".

If you don't have time for the mini-novel right now, bookmark it and read it later. You won't regret it.

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