on Mumia activists
many people have now heard, all the people who pled not guilty
of the demonstration and CD action at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia,
last July 3, were convicted an sentence to a $250 fine, $25 to
the restitution fund, and one year of supervised probation. Supervised
probation for an offense equivalent to a parking ticket is unheard
of, and shows how much the Mumia movement is beginning to sting
the government. It also represent punishment for the “crime” of
asking for a trial.
Those sentenced so far include Clark Kissinger, Frances Goldin,
Jane Jackson, Paul Magno, Kim Lamberty, Mitch Cohen, and Joe Brown.
The only other case that we know is still pending is Marcy Gayer.
The conditions imposed on those sentenced requires them to report
monthly to a probation officer, fill out a monthly report on their
personal finances, and submit to visits at home and at work by
probation officers. They are further forbidden to associate with
convicted felons (i.e. Mumia), are require to be employed, have
to surrender their passports, and are not permitted to leave their
home federal court districts without permission of their probation
officer. In short, the conditions are similar to those imposed
some years back on banned persons in apartheid South Africa.
Needless to say, this attack is not going to deter those fighting
for justice for Mumia. In fact, anger over these outrageous actions
is going to inspire even more activity for Mumia. Jane Jackson,
an older woman confined to a wheelchair, has been on a hunger
strike to protest her treatment by the courts.
Six of those listed above have now filed notice of appeal and
asked for a stay of sentence pending the appeal. The government
has submitted a long brief to the appeals judge opposing any stay.
People wishing to demand a stay and argue for overturning the
convictions may write to the appeals judge, Hon. Bruce W. Kauffman,
U.S. District Court, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Judge Kauffman’s fax number is: 215-580-2281.