NEW LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING MUMIA

On August 28, 2001, in Philadelphia, Mumia's lawyers held a press conference on the steps of City Hall which attracted an almost unprecedented number of media--about 15. At the press conference, Attorneys Marlene Kamish and Eliot Grossman, announced that they were filing a new affidavit into the state and federal courts to strengthen their argument that Mumia deserves a new post conviction relief act hearing. The affidavit was signed by a stenographer who overheard conversation that hanging judge Albert Sabo had outside of the courtroom regarding Mumia during the 1982 original trial. The affidavit, that can be found below, was read at the press conference. This stenographer is in the process of doing press interviews calling for a new trial for Mumia because of the racist remarks made by Sabo.

This is the statement that was released at the Press Conference yesterday, Tuesday Aug. 28th, 2001:
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I, Terri Maurer-Carter declare:

From approximately February 1982 through September 1986 and in 1998 I was employed as an official court stenographer in the Court of Common Pleas in and for the County of Philadelphia, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.
In April 1997 I first became a Registered Professional Reporter. Thereafter I obtained a Certificate of Merit. In approximately 1978 I became a Federally Certified Court Reporter. I have "grand jury clearance." I have received
Awards of Excellence from the States of Virginia and Maryland. In 1982, a few months after I started working at the Court of Common Pleas, I was sent to a courtroom different than that I usually worked in because the judge I was assigned to was going to be doing "VOP" (Violation of Probation) and post-verdict motion hearings there that day. I went through the anteroom on my way to that courtroom where Judge Sabo and another person were engaged in conversation.

Judge Sabo was discussing the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. During the course of that conversation, I heard Judge Sabo say, "Yeah, and I’m going to help them fry the n----r." There were three people present when Judge Sabo made that remark, including myself.

The foregoing is stated subject to the penalties of 18 Pa. C.S. Section 4904
relating to unsworn falsification to authorities and is executed by me on
August 21, 2001 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Terri Maurer-Carter


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