Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Mumia Abu Jamal Case: Court Threatens Sanctions - If DA Does Not Produce Discovery

The following statement was submitted by Noelle Hanrahan, a private investigator and the director of Prison Radio.

Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker has threatened the Philadelphia District Attorney's office with sanctions if they do not produce the discovery he ordered in Mumia's criminal case "Cook v. Commonwealth".  See the Order here!

The court has ordered that the DA examine more records, produce indexes proving that they searched, and an order to turn over all documents that might show former Philadelphia DA Ron Castille and PA Supreme Court judges direct involvement in Mumia's criminal case. This is based on the U.S. Supreme Court determination that Ron Castille's refusal to remove himself from cases where he played a key role in the prosecution constituted irreparable harm to the defendants.

This is legal opportunity is the first clear path to restoring Mumia's criminal defense appeals in quite a while, there will be others.  

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