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Update on the repressive operation “Scintilla” in Turin and news on the operation “Renata” in Trento/Rovereto

arton1950**Turin – Operazione Scintilla***

Giada and Larry were released from custody.
The accusation of subversive association (Article 270) was dropped. The
other accusations remain for all defendants, except:
Niccolò was sentenced to “double imprisonment”, one for art. 270, the
other for a firecracker apparently found in his house.

Background information on Turin, see
https://enoughisenough14.org/2019/02/14/turin-call-for-solidarity-with-the-imprisoned-of-operazione-scintilla/

You can continue to write letters to and support the remaining Turin
prisoners:

Silvia Ruggeri
Casa Circondariale Rebibbia
Via Bartolo Longo 72
00156 Roma
Italia

Niccolò Blasi
Casa Circondariale Ferrara
via Arginone 327
44122 Ferrara FE
Italia

Giuseppe De Salvatore
Casa Circondariale Ferrara
via Arginone 327
44122 Ferrara FE
Italia

Antonio Rizzo
Casa Circondariale Ferrara
via Arginone 327
44122 Ferrara FE
Italia

FREEDOM FOR SILVIA, NICCOLO, BEPPE, ANTONIO

***Trento/Rovereto – Operazione Renata***

Statement found on: https://www.autistici.org/macerie/

7 comrades were arrested on 19 February 2019 in Trentino. They are
accused of subversive association with the purpose of terrorism (Article
270 bis) and an attack for terrorist purposes or subversions (Article 280).

The short-term nature and the large scale of the repressive operation
“Renata” – in addition to the arrests, more than 30 searches have been
carried out – do not yet allow us to get an accurate picture of the
allegations and the investigation hypothesis, nor do we yet know in
which prisons the comrades are locked up.
However, we do not need more time or more precise information to say who
the detained comrades and other persons involved in Operation Renata in
different ways are.

They are comrades who have been engaged for years, not only in the
cities where they live; in the struggles against war and militarism,
against borders, raids and the reactionary wind that is cutting off our
air more and more. Against prisons and police violence. The comrades
were determined not to leave the fascists any space and capacity to act,
they were determined to fight against the many projects of environmental
destruction, from the high-speed line Verona-Brenner to the wall of
Mori. Comrades who on many occasions stood by the side of those fighting
against the constant deterioration of working conditions.
comrades, whom we have known and appreciated for many years, for their
courage and determination. Precious comrades.

***

This is the bank account for solidarity donations for the detainees of
Trento

IBAN: IT04H3608105135138216260316268 (Name: bezerra kamilla)
BIC/SWIFT code: PPAYITR1XXX

FREEDOM FOR STECCO, RUPERT, AGNESE, SASHA, POZA, NICO, GIULIO

Picture in the article on Barrikade:
https://barrikade.info/Updates-zur-Repression-in-Turin-und-Trento-1950

Solidarity demonstration in Genoa on 1.3.19 for the arrested of the
operations “Scintilla” in Turin and “Renata” in Trento/Rovereto. Banner:
“Against the rule of fear and against the racism of the state, only the
struggle pays off. Freedom for those arrested in Turin and Trentino”.

************************************
In moments like these, we stand together. Regardless of whether the
comrades are «guilty» or «innocent». The state will always persecute
those who want to overthrow it. So let’s take good care of each other
and not leave the prisoners alone!

In closing, we would like to quote a part of the accusations that led to
the arrest of the comrades in Turin:

    “In order to establish contacts within CPR [Immigration and
Repatriation Centre], they threw tennis balls with a multilingual
brochure and a mobile phone number with which they agreed simultaneous
actions within and outside the CPR structure. Then they put matches and
everything needed to start a revolt and setting fire in packages of
biscuits and other goods.”

May the revolt spread.

Feuer den Gefängnissen. Feu aux prisons. Fuoco alle galere. Fire to the
prisons.

************************

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support debbie vincent

Debbie Vincent, long-term animal rights campaigner, comrade, and friend to many within the movement, was sentenced on 17th April to 6 years in prison, after a five-week long trial at Winchester Crown Court. Further to time in prison, she was given an Anti-Social Behavioural Order for an additional 5 years after her release.

Found guilty of ‘conspiracy to blackmail’, Debbie is the latest in a line of people persecuted for campaigning against the notorious animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences, where 500 animals are killed daily. As part of the ‘Blackmail 3′, there are two more defendants currently awaiting a possible extradition from Holland to face trial. To find out more about the case and how to support the other, visit http://blackmail3.org. Debbie was found guilty, despite the judge not finding her guilty of any actions herself, with Michael Bowes QC, the case prosecutor, stating “there is no evidence that Ms Vincent was present at the scene of any of the attacks, or incidents in Europe. There is no evidence that she was outside of the United Kingdom at the time of any of these attacks”, whilst the Met Police deployed an undercover officer, posing as a private security manager, as part of a sting operation to implicate her in acts she had no involvement with.

Debbie’s case is part of a series of convictions against animal rights campaigners, and serves as a wake-up call to all activists to show support and solidarity to those who are victims of state repression following effective resistance to corporate and state power. For additional information on the ongoing repression of UK animal rights activists see http://stopukrepression.org/

When Nijmegen ABC asked Debbie what sort of support she might need if the received a custodial sentence, she replied – “Practically, I’m not sure what my needs will be in prison, it will depend to a degree to where I go. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to cope, but being isolated from nature and friends will be the worst part. I will try to make the best of the bad situation, it’s all a bit daunting and new. The whole charge and court case are still amazingly surreal.”

“Keep on campaigning against all oppression and capitalist domination. Don’t be afraid to speak out and never apologise for trying to make a difference and caring.”

Support is as ever vital; write letters to Debbie in prison at:

Debbie Vincent (A5819DE)
HMP-YOI BRONZEFIELD
Woodthorpe Road,
Ashford,
Middlesex,
TW15 3JZ

“What is scary in this world is oppression and injustice, when people hurt people, animals and nature. What is beautiful in this world is resistance, when people say ‘enough is enough’ and act.

Oppression and injustice are everywhere, but so is resistance. Because some people know that if you fight you might lose, but if you don’t fight, you’ve already lost.”

Debbie Vincent

Film Night 11 June 2014

Anarchist Black Cross Melbourne will be screening the documentary “If A Tree Falls” at the Horn Of Plenty community centre 659 Plenty Road Reservoir at 7.30 on Wednesday 11 June as a fund raiser for Marie Mason.

About Marie Mason
Marie Mason is a loving mother of two and a long-time activist in the environmental and labor movements. In March 2008, she was arrested by federal authorities for charges related to two acts of property destruction that occurred in 1999 and 2000; no one was injured in either of them. She accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced on February 5, 2009 to just under 22 years. She is now serving the longest sentence of any “Green Scare” prisoner.

The “Green Scare” is the name given to the recent arrests of animal rights and environmental activists who have been charged with acts of economic sabotage. Federal authorities have sought outrageous sentences (often Life in prison) and have publicly and legally labeled the activists as “terrorists” – despite the fact that no one has been killed or injured in any of the acts.

Supporting Marie Mason does not mean agreeing with the actions that she took — but it does mean opposing the fear-mongering tactics of the federal government and the outrageous sentences they have imposed.

US prosecutors trying to block Rasmea Odeh’s release from jail

Update: US backs down

Supporters of Rasmea Odeh say government prosecutors have backed down from their latest attempt to delay the Palestinian American community leader’s release from jail.

Assisant US Attorney Jonathan Tukel withdrew the government’s motion challenging the source of the $50,000 that will be used to pay Odeh’s bond, according to a statement from the Rasmea Defense Committee, published by the US Palestinian Community Network on Wednesday evening.

The retreat came after US prosecutors deposed – or questioned – the anonymous donor who has put up the money.

According to the statement, the prosecutors asked whether the donor “is actually a friend or only a political supporter” of Odeh, “as well as challenging the donor’s views on Israeli military courts, the decisions of Judge Drain in the case, and the treatment of Palestinians by US federal courts.”

Odeh’s Detroit-based attorney William Goodman “objected to all of these political questions as irrelevant to the proceedings,” the statement says.

“Their actions are nothing but punitive in nature, and their questioning of the donor clearly affirms that their politics and ideology, not the law, govern their work,” Hatem Abudayyeh said in the statement, referring to the prosecutors.

If there are no further surprises, Abudayyeh, a lead organizer in the Rasmea Defense Committee, expects that bond will be posted on Thursday morning, and Odeh could be on her way back to Chicago that afternoon.
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Federal prosecutors in Michigan are trying to stop Rasmea Odeh getting out of jail.

On Monday, US District Judge Gershwin Drain granted a defense motion to allow the Palestinian American community leader to go free on bond pending sentencing. This reversed a decision he made to jail her immediately after she was found guilty of immigration fraud in November.

But now prosecutors have raised objections to the source of $50,000 that would be used to pay her bond and get her out of the St. Clair County Jail in Port Huron, about an hour north of Detroit, where she has been held for exactly a month.

The bond will allow Odeh, 67, to return home to Chicago until her 10 March sentencing. The judge’s order requires her to report to a probation officer every two weeks, restricts her travel and prohibits her from obtaining a new passport.

The news of Drain’s decision cheered Odeh’s supporters, who had grown increasingly concerned over reports she had been held in sustained solitary confinement and was receiving inadequate medical attention.

But last night, lead US prosecutor Jonathan Tukel filed a motion with the court questioning the source of the bond money.

Citing the online requests for donations to support the Rasmea Defense Committee on stopFBI.net and US Palestinian Community Network, Tukel asserted that, “It is difficult to see how money raised by large numbers of people creates any incentive for Defendant Odeh to appear. It is likely she would suffer no personal loss by virtue of its forfeiture.”

Following the prosecution’s motion, Drain scheduled a hearing for tomorrow, 11 December, in Detroit.
“Moot Argument”

Hatem Abudayyeh, one of the lead organizers of the Rasmea Defense Committee, said, “The argument from the prosecution is moot.”

Speaking to The Electronic Intifada while en route to Detroit for tomorrow’s hearing, Abudayyeh explained: “We didn’t raise the bond by raising a bunch of one-dollar donations from thousands of people. We raised it with one person, who is a close friend and knows Odeh well. He is posting the entire bond.”

The Chicago-based person is being deposed today about his relationship with Odeh, and his testimony will be presented at tomorrow’s hearing. Odeh will also testify tomorrow.

“She would never flee and force him to lose what is essentially his life savings,” Abudayyeh said.

Abudayyeh is executive director of the Arab American Action Network, a Chicago organization that works with Arab immigrants in the city, where Odeh serves as associate director.
Punishment for exercising due process?

Odeh’s defense has filed a motion for a new trial, citing several grievances with the way November trial was conducted. The prosecution and Drain have used Odeh’s dissatisfaction with the trial and guilty verdict as justification to keep her detained.

Drain wrote in his ruling on Monday, “It is of course not lost on this Court that Defendant’s testimony concerning her escape from prison in Israel suggests her belief that her actions were warranted because her conviction was unjustified. Defendant has expressed a similar feeling concerning her recent conviction for unlawful procurement of naturalization.”

Odeh’s conviction stems from her failure to disclose in an immigration form her 1969 conviction in an Israeli military court for a role in two bombings. Odeh has consistently stated that the conviction was based on a confession Israeli interrogators extracted through prolonged torture and sexual assault.141110-rasmea-odeh_0

Freedom fighter, journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks out on behalf of Nestora Salgado

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In two broadcasts on Prison Radio—which is carried by over one hundred radio stations—Abu-Jamal explains the case of indigenous leader Nestora Salgado who is a political prisoner in Mexico. He also reads excerpts from her October message to students protesting the disappearance (and now presumed death) of 43 of their classmates in Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero.

Intro by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Nestora Salgado’s statement

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an internationally renowned journalist, author and activist from Philadelphia who has been in prison since 1981 when he was framed for shooting a police officer. He spent decades on death row, but his sentence was reduced to life in 2011. Despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence, prosecutorial misconduct and police coercion of witnesses, he remains imprisoned in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless” for his award-winning commentaries.

Prison Radio broadcasts the voices of prisoners. They were recently targeted by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who signed into law SB508, which prohibits prisoners and those formerly incarcerated from speaking publicly, a piece of legislation meant to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal. Find out how you can support Prison Radio’s lawsuit to overturn this attack on free speech at PrisonRadio.org.

Take action now to demand Nestora’s release

The September disappearance of the 43 activist students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, has led to nationwide protests and renewed calls for the release of Salgado and other community police framed and imprisoned on charges that have no legal standing. The governor and key political figures in Guerrero have been forced to resign due to their role in the kidnapping of the students and protesters are now calling for Mexican President Peña Nieto to step down.

Now is a critical time for human rights activists to press both the U.S. and Mexican governments for Nestora Salgado’s release. In the sixteen months since she was illegally arrested, the U.S. State Department has yet to contact Nestora’s family or make any public statement about her incarceration!

Please send letters urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene to obtain Nestora Salgado’s release:

Secretary of State John Kerry
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington D.C. 20520

Please send letters to the President of Mexico demanding the release of Nestora Salgado, as well as the release of Marco Suástegui, Gonzálo Molina, Arturo Campos, and all the community police and other self-defense forces who are unjustly incarcerated:

The Honorable Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico
San Miguel Chapultepec
11850, Ciudad de México
Distrito Federal
MEXICO

For more information and updates, please visit http://www.FreeNestora.org.
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Freedom fighter, journalist and political prisoner
Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks out on behalf of
Nestora Salgado

In two broadcasts on Prison Radio—which is carried by over one hundred radio stations—Abu-Jamal explains the case of indigenous leader Nestora Salgado who is a political prisoner in Mexico. He also reads excerpts from her October message to students protesting the disappearance (and now presumed death) of 43 of their classmates in Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero.

Intro by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Nestora Salgado’s statement

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an internationally renowned journalist, author and activist from Philadelphia who has been in prison since 1981 when he was framed for shooting a police officer. He spent decades on death row, but his sentence was reduced to life in 2011. Despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence, prosecutorial misconduct and police coercion of witnesses, he remains imprisoned in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He is known as the “Voice of the Voiceless” for his award-winning commentaries.

Prison Radio broadcasts the voices of prisoners. They were recently targeted by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, who signed into law SB508, which prohibits prisoners and those formerly incarcerated from speaking publicly, a piece of legislation meant to silence Mumia Abu-Jamal. Find out how you can support Prison Radio’s lawsuit to overturn this attack on free speech at PrisonRadio.org.

Take action now to demand Nestora’s release

The September disappearance of the 43 activist students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, has led to nationwide protests and renewed calls for the release of Salgado and other community police framed and imprisoned on charges that have no legal standing. The governor and key political figures in Guerrero have been forced to resign due to their role in the kidnapping of the students and protesters are now calling for Mexican President Peña Nieto to step down.

Now is a critical time for human rights activists to press both the U.S. and Mexican governments for Nestora Salgado’s release. In the sixteen months since she was illegally arrested, the U.S. State Department has yet to contact Nestora’s family or make any public statement about her incarceration!

Please send letters urging U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene to obtain Nestora Salgado’s release:

Secretary of State John Kerry
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington D.C. 20520

Please send letters to the President of Mexico demanding the release of Nestora Salgado, as well as the release of Marco Suástegui, Gonzálo Molina, Arturo Campos, and all the community police and other self-defense forces who are unjustly incarcerated:

The Honorable Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico
San Miguel Chapultepec
11850, Ciudad de México
Distrito Federal
MEXICO

For more information and updates, please visit http://www.FreeNestora.org.

June 11 international day for long term anarchist prisoners

A banner was dropped on a windy day in the western suburbs of narrm/ Melbourne over a pedestrian footbridge  over the busy westgate freeway on the 14th of June to show solidarity to long term anarchist prisoners .  June 11 is the official date of tub world wide action. , but never too late  to show solidarity . We reconise that we are the land we stand on is the land of the wurundjeri people’s  whi h has been stolen by colonizers . ( written on the banner free all long term anarchist prisoners  and the names of some of the prisoners  , Marius mason , jock palfreemanNd Thomas Meyer talk

Surviving cancer & a car accident

We’re here to raise money for Eric’s partner, and their two children who are currently experiencing financial hardship. Life is already tough as a mother of two with her partner in prisoner, but she was also recently in a car accident, which thankfully left her in okay shape, but destroyed her car. Even more recently she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the severity and treatment of which is still being determined. Treatment for the pain alone will financially destabilize the family, on top of future specialists visit, car repairs, and potential unemployment (due to the chronic pain experienced).

Eric’s partner tirelessly supports him, facilitates excellent communication between Eric and the outside world, consistently advocates for his rights inside the prison, emotionally supports him through the political battles on the inside, and drives hours to visit him every week, on top on tending to the needs of their children and working.

The recent developments in her life could have devastating impacts for her and her family. Donations are needed asap as the financial toll of these recent development have already taken effect. All of the funds donated will be used by her to support herself and her children in this difficult time in her life

.https://www.gofundme.com/surviving-cancer-and-a-car-accident31178554_1531165417231233_r

Indonesia: Trial Update on Yogyakarta Prisoners!

Indonesia: Trial Update on Yogyakarta Prisoners!

We need to explain, that we have difficulty finding information regarding detainees due to separate case files and also different the trial schedules between them and the schedules change of the trial day, but this did not stop us from giving information to you (readers).

Since October 6, 2018, we have been striving to get the latest information regarding the Class War Prisoners in Yogyakarta who were related to the M1 incident that happened in the past at the intersection of UIN Yogyakarta, from those 11 prisoners they have all received legal assistance ( Advocate), with the following details:

  • 4 comrades (Students of UIN & Mercubuana) accompanied by the HMI advocacy team
  • 1 comrade (Printing Worker) is accompanied by a team of OBH, including LBH Yogyakarta
  • 1 cormade (UIN student) accompanied by Widhie
  • 1 comrade (UAD students) accompanied by Arsiko Dani Windo from PBHI Yogyakarta
  • 4 other comrades (students of UII & Sanata Dharma) accompanied by LKBH UII

Here we only explain in general that some prisoners have received prisoners’ decisions, prisoner demands, and are still in the process of witnesses from the Public Prosecutor, as for, those of you who want to know the information in each trial of each individual (the prisoners) you can access via the internet (pn-sleman.go.id) according to the case file you want.

+ MD has received a detention decision for 5 months, withholding period (estimated to be free on 9 October 2018) 323 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

+ OO has received a detention decision for 5 months, withholding period (estimated to be free on 9 October 2018) 325 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

+ MI and MEA get a detention decision for 5 months and 15 days, withholding period (estimated to be free on October 14, 2018) 305 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

+ ZW and AMH get a detention decision for 5 months and 15 days, withholding period (estimated to be free on October 14, 2018) 306 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

+ AAD gets a maximum of 10 months in prison (the prisoner’s decision is scheduled for the next 2 weeks) 394 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

+ BV, AM, W are still in the trial process of witnesses from the Public Prosecutor (continuing until 9 October 2018) 369 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

+ MC is still in the process of hearing witnesses from the Public Prosecutor (continuing until 9 October 2018) 445 / Pid.B / 2018 / PN Smn

HI, COMRADE, WE ARE WAITING FOR U TO BE FREE TO JOIN TOGETHER AND BREATHE FRESH AIR!

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Perlu kami perjelaskan, bahwa kami kesulitan untuk mencari sebuah informasi terkait para tahanan dikarenakan berkas perkara yang terpisah dan juga jadwal persidangan yang saling berbeda antara mereka dan juga perpindahan hari persidangan, tetapi hal ini tidak membuat kami dan kawan-kawan lainnya berhenti untuk memberi informasi terhadap kalian (pembaca).

Sejak saat ini, 6 Oktober 2018, kami terus mengupayakan untuk mendapatkan informasi terbaru terkait para tahanan perang kelas Yogyakarta yang terkait dengan peristiwa M1 yang telah terjadi pada waktu lalu di pertigaan UIN Yogyakarta, dari ke-11 para tahanan tersebut  mereka semua telah mendapatkan pendampingan hukum (Advokat), dengan rincian sebagai berikut:

  • 4 comrades (Mahasiswa UIN & Mercubuana) didampingi oleh tim advokasi HMI
  • 1 comrade (Pekerja Sablon) didampingi oleh tim OBH, termasuk LBH Yogyakarta
  • 1 cormade ( mahasiswa UIN) didampingi oleh Widhie
  • 1 comrade (mahasiswa UAD) didampingi oleh Arsiko Dani Windo dari PBHI Yogyakarta
  • 4 comrades lainnya (mahasiswa UII & Sanata Dharma) didampingi oleh LKBH UII

 

Disini kami hanya menjelaskan secara umum dengan beberapa tahanan telah mendapatkan putusan tahanan, tuntutan tahanan, dan juga masih dalam proses saksi dari JP, adapun, dari kalian yang ingin mengetahui informasi-informasi ditiap persidangan dari setiap individu (para tahanan) kalian bisa mengakses melalui internet (pn-sleman.go.id) sesuai dengan berkas perkara yang kalian inginkan.

+ MD telah mendapatkan putusan tahanan selama 5 bulan, dipotong masa tahanan (diperkirakan bebas pada tanggal 9 Oktober 2018) 323/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

+ OO  telah mendapatkan putusan tahanan selama 5 bulan, dipotong masa tahanan (diperkirakan bebas pada tanggal 9 Oktober 2018) 325/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

+ MI dan MEA mendapatkan putusan tahanan selama 5 bulan 15 hari, dipotong masa tahanan (diperkirakan bebas pada tanggal 14 Oktober 2018) 305/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

+ ZW dan AMH mendapatkan putusan tahanan selama 5 bulan 15 hari, dipotong masa tahanan (diperkirakan bebas pada tanggal 14 Oktober 2018) 306/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

+ AAD mendapatkan tuntutan tahanan maksimal 10 bulan (putusan tahanan dijadwalkan 2 minggu kedepan) 394/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

+ BV, AM, W masih dalam proses persidangan saksi dari JPU (berlanjut hingga tanggal 9 Oktober 2018) 369/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

+ MC masih dalam proses persidangan saksi dari JPU (berlanjut hingga tanggal 9 Oktober 2018) 445/Pid.B/2018/PN Smn

 

HAI, KAWAN! KAMI MENUNGGU KALIAN BEBAS, DAN KEMBALI BERSAMA KAMI UNTUK MENGHIDUP UDARA SEGAR!

AN UPDATE ON MUMIA ABU JAMAL

From NYC Jericho

MMAJ

The Philadelphia Tribune

Lawyers arguing for another appeal in the case of former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal were granted a 60-day continuance due to a late piece of evidence presented earlier this week by the prosecution.

Abu-Jamal attorney Judith Ritter argued successfully that a May 5, 1988, letter from the office of then District Attorney Ron Castille to a state representative discussing death penalty cases warranted the continuance to allow an extended period of discovery to allow the search for more evidence that may link Castille to the new document.
Ritter argued the letter demonstrated Castille’s bias in seeking the death penalty against defendants convicted of killing police officers.
“This demonstrates a possible link that Ron Castille was involved in seeking capital executions and that he was specifically tracking capital cases involving police officers,” Ritter argued before Judge Leon Tucker in Common Pleas Court. “It (the letter) indicates his bias, and it’s on those grounds that we’re seeking a continuance.”
Abu-Jamal’s lawyers are seeking to re-appeal his conviction in the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
Castille was the district attorney when Abu-Jamal was convicted. As a member of the state Supreme Court, he twice refused to recuse himself for two separate Abu-Jamal appeals.
As a prosecutor, Castille prevailed in getting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold Abu-Jamal’s conviction and death sentence in 1989.
Then as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Castille agreed with the arguments he had made as district attorney.
In two separate failed attempts to appeal — in 1998 and again in 2012 — Castille supported his position as district attorney to deny Abu-Jamal’s lawyers’ efforts.
Earlier this year, Tucker ordered Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office to search for any record of Castille’s “personal involvement” in the Abu-Jamal case.
Krasner’s office announced that additional evidence was not found, prompting Tucker to extend the discovery period again.
Before announcing his decision of the latest extension, Tucker appeared annoyed that the latest piece of evidence had not been turned over to Abu-Jamal’s defense.
“There needs to be a thorough search of all the records in all units,” Tucker said. “It is troubling that the letter was not produced until Monday. If this letter was addressed from Mr. Castille, that would make a big difference.”
Daniel Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, flew in from California for the hearing. She thanked Krasner’s officer for its support.
Standing next to Faulkner in the blazing heat alongside the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice was Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby. He and other FOP members accompanied Maureen Faulkner into the courtroom.
“When does it end for Maureen? Danny was assassinated — it’s been proving over and over again. This is a fishing expedition,” McNesby said. “Maureen is flying back and forth across the country and we are here to support her. We’ll continue to fight. We’ll be here for every hearing that takes place.
“But where is the closure for the family? When does it end? And after Oct. 29, we might as well get another date because they’ll find something else.”
Abu-Jamal’s petition is based on a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Williams vs. Pennsylvania.
The Supreme Court held that a prosecutor involved in seeking the death penalty for a defendant should recuse himself if asked to judge an appeal in the capital case.