September 10, 2007

Dear Friends:
 
We continue to await a decision from the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia, concerning my
client, Mumia Abu-Jamal.  This complex case was orally
argued before a three-judge panel on May 17, 2007,
following extensive litigation which included voluminous
briefing and motions.  In my experience of successfully
defending a large number of murder cases involving the
death penalty, it was a great day.
 
It is impossible to know what the federal court ruling
will be.  If the judges follow the law and fairly apply
the U.S. Constitution, we will win.  As to when, long ago
I projected a decision would be forthcoming this fall; it
could come any day.  One thing is certain: whomever loses
will seek a rehearing and petition the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
I have previously described the different rulings that the
federal court could make.  Nevertheless some people have
recently sent out e-mail containing  false information.
 Contrary to their claim, the federal court cannot impose
a sentence of "life in prison without parole".  Only a
jury verdict could result in such an outcome, unless in
the event of a penalty reversal the prosecution elected
not to seek the death penalty.  Likewise the court
unfortunately cannot order that Mumia be released, for
that would require a new guilt-phase jury trial and a
favorable verdict which is certainly our goal.  To once
more clarify the legal situation, the scenarios of how the
U.S. Court of Appeals might rule include:

     * Grant an entirely new jury trial of the guilt
phase;
     * Order a new jury trial limited to the issue of life
or death;
     * Remand the case back to the U.S. District Court for
further proceedings; or
     * Deny all relief.

Racism, fraud, and politics are threads that have run
through this case since Mumia's 1981 arrest. The issues in
this matter concern the right to a fair trial, the
struggle against the death penalty, and the political
repression of an outspoken journalist.
 
Mumia's objective is a reversal of the murder conviction
and death sentence, and the granting of an entirely new
trial.  At the end of that jury trial I expect to win and
see my client freed so that he can finally go home to his
family.
 
Thank you for your interest in this campaign for human
rights.
 
Yours very truly,
 
Robert R. Bryan
Law Offices of Robert R. Bryan
2088 Union Street, Suite 4
San Francisco, California 94123-4117
 
Lead counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal