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Something I Said-President Obama Should Pardon Mumia Abu-Jamal

The Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing, “The Use and Misuse of Presidential Clemency Power for Executive Branch Officials.” Witnesses will include Ambassador Joseph Wilson; Roger Adams, US Department of Justice Pardon Attorney; Douglas A. Berman, William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University; Tom Cochran, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Middle District of North Carolina (Attorney for Vincent Rita, Rita v. US); David Rifkin, partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP, former Justice Department official during the Reagan and Bush Sr. administrations. Chairman John Conyers gives opening remarks.
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Something I Said – Pardon for Abu-Jamal
Dwight Hobbes
MN Spokesman-Recorder The legal lynching of Mumia Abu-Jamal grows nearer. For those to who the name does not immediately ring a bell, Abu-Jamal was convicted in 1981 of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. He was convicted in a kangaroo court so blatantly rigged against him as to be absurb. From manufactured testimony and evidence to witness intimidation and manipulation, not to mention a demonstrably biased judge, the case clearly was without merit. Mumia Abu-Jamal couldn’t’ve been more obviously framed if he was a picture hanging on a wall at the Louvre. January 19th of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a federal appeals court ruling that had overturned his sentence. So, he is once more condemned to die. Exactly when they will get the needles ready hasn’t been established, but, the point is that the way, indeed, has been cleared to kill him. For something everyone who so much as glanced at the circumstance knows he didn’t do. The Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia City Attorney’s Office took out after Mumia Abu-Jamal with a seething vengeance that goes beyond merely the usual indifference toward Black life you find in a supposedly modern American metropolis. They had it out for him because he was a former Black Panther, member of MOVE and an outspoken, public radio journalist who despised and decried the institutionalized racism by which Philadelphia police and halls of justice characteristically spied on, harassed and otherwise hounded Black citizens to the extent of literal persecution. When Abu-Jamal was discovered wounded at the site where Office Faulkner was slain, the cops decided this was there shot. This was their golden opportunity to get rid of this uppity you-know-what. And they went about with such rushed vehemence that they did a job of it so sloppy, they had to contradict – and, of course, change — the report of a cop on duty whose account basically cleared Abu-Jamal. Look the whole thing up. There’s even at least one book on it. With the City of Brotherly Love being hell-bent on hanging this brotha, this is the time for our brightly shining, new and improved head man in charge, President Barack Obama, to get off the pot, pull a pen out of his meticulously crisp shirt pocket and get one of those presidential pardons out of his desk drawer. It is time for him to start acting like a Black men with some sense and self-respect, not just the latest token towing a line for the image of Blacks who want to be considered among “the good ones” in White America’s eyes. If there was ever damned good reason for him to stop shucking and jiving, get off the fence and quit worrying about pleasing White folk, this is it. It is, by the way, not only Black Americans who have been raising hell and lodging protest over this railroading. There’s been White folk, too, from clear around the other side of the planet that know something wrong when they see it and have joined in to lift their voices against systemic evil. So, if Obama – like how he copped out on Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – doesn’t want to be seen as being overly interested in doing right by Black citizens, he can always pardon Mumia Abu-Jamal on general humanitarian grounds. He can make a

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