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Federal Judge finds 8th Amendment Violation in Pennsylvania’s Refusal to Treat Mumia’s Hep-C

A win and a loss, at least for the time being

There is a long history, in the course of the 35-year Abu-Jamal court case, of judges at all levels applying special measures and rulings that have hurt Abu-Jamal, from trial judge Albert Sabo refusing to delay his trial so that a critical police officer witness said to be “on vacation” could be brought back to answer questions about his spurious claim to have heard a “shouted out” confession, to an appeal of his conviction being considered by a state Supreme Court panel on which one judge, who had previously been the Philadelphia district attorney overseeing the opposition to Abu-Jamal’s appeals refused to recuse himself. This latest decision recognizing a constitutional violation but delaying taking any action on a remedy, at least temporarily, based upon a technicality, will be viewed by some as yet another obstacle to justice being thrown at Abu-Jamal. Hopefully, however, in this case Judge Mariani is only trying to make sure that Abu-Jamal’s case is solid enough so as not to be rejected or, should he ultimately rule in Abu-Jamal’s favor and order the provision of life-saving Hep-C medication, or overturned by a higher court.
 

DAVE LINDORFF is the author of Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Common Courage Press, 2003)



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