note that Mumia was NOT given 60 days to find new lawyers.
decision was made on April 6th but not filed until April 9th
and stated that no decision would be may before MAY 6th in order
that Mumia could get another legal representative.
didn't find out about the decision until approximately a week
after that and was never notified by the court but rather found
out when he was presented with an article in the Philly Inquirer.
This is VERY important to convey to folks as people are mistakenly
under the impression that this Judge is being reasonable and
has given Mumia more time than he did.
The Philly Inquirer seems to have purposely put out the false
60 days story to mislead and confuse the Mumia Movement. Mumia
is being asked to do the impossible and assemble a complete
legal team within 3 weeks! And to make matters worse, he was
not told by the court directly even though he filed the brief
to remove the lawyers, a sign that this Judge is refusing to
properly recognize him. Also, thirty days is a ridiculously
small amount of time for the court to give him to obtain counsel
especially when he is not being issued additional phone time
or visits to assess candidates.
April 10, 2001
federal judge yesterday approved a request by Mumia Abu-Jamal
to dismiss his longtime legal team.
a brief opinion, U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. wrote
that, because Abu-Jamal had hired his own lawyers, "he
may change counsel at any time for any reason subject to court
Yohn added, he had no need to hold a hearing or comment on Abu-Jamal's
stated reason for firing his lawyers: that his lawyer had purportedly
violated the lawyer-client relationship by writing an insider's
account of the celebrated case.
postponed for 60 days any further action in Abu-Jamal's federal
appeal of his death sentence in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia
Police Officer Daniel Faulkner to give him time to hire new