Press Release from: ICFFMAJ@aol.com
Subject: New Affidavit in Mumia's case
Philadelphia, 2/6/02.

*****Please spread this as far as possible*****

Case against Mumia Abu-Jamal in doubt
as new witness alleges Cynthia White lied

Mumia Abu-Jamal's attorneys, BROWN, KAMISH, GROSSMAN & FARRELL, dropped another "bombshell" today. Yvette Williams, in an affidavit Jamal's lawyers filed in the federal court of appeals in Philadelphia, swears that star prosecution witness, Cynthia White, told Williams that police forced her to falsely identify Jamal as the shooter when she did not even see the shooting.

Williams, who was in protective custody with prostitute Cynthia White after Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot to death in December of 1981, says in the affidavit that White also admitted to having a drug habit and being high on drugs when the shooting took place.

According to Williams' sworn statement, "When Lucky [Cynthia White] told me she didn't even see who shot Officer Faulkner, I asked her why she was ‘lying on that man' (Mumia Abu-Jamal). She told me it was because the police and vice threatened her life. Additionally, the police were giving her money for tricks ... the police told her they would consolidate all her cases and send her ‘up' to Muncy, a women's prison, for a long time if she didn't testify to what they told her to say."

Williams states in the affidavit that, when police detectives would take White out of her cell to talk to her, White would return with prohibited contraband "like cigarettes and candy and even hoagies, syringes and white powders."

Williams' sworn statement, signed before a notary on January 28 of this year, says that she has "almost had a nervous breakdown over keeping quiet about this all these years," and explains that she was afraid of what the police would do to her if she came forward. According to Williams' affidavit, when Jamal's case was back in the news in mid-December of last year, "I couldn't get it out of my mind, I kept thinking that man could die because of all the lies that Lucky told on that witness stand and Mrs. Faulkner would never know the truth."

In the 41-page motion filed with Williams' sworn statement, Jamal's attorneys argue that his conviction should be overturned because, "Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent and has the evidence to prove it." The attorneys request authorization from the federal appeals court to appeal Judge Yohn's refusal to let them amend the habeas corpus petition filed by his previous lawyers, Leonard Weinglass and Daniel Williams, whom he fired in May of last year for conflicts of interest. Jamal's attorneys also request authorization to appeal six specific violations of the right to a fair trial, including one based on the sworn statement of Court Reporter Terri Maurer-Carter in which she states that during the time of Jamal's trial she overheard Judge Sabo say, in reference to Jamal, "Yeah, and I'm going to help ‘em fry the n****r."

CONTACT ATTORNEYS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL: Eliot Lee GROSSMAN, Esq., (626) 943-1945, innjustice@aol.com, or J. Michael Farrell, Esq., (215) 925-1105.
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DECLARATION OF YVETTE WILLIAMS

I, YVETTE WILLIAMS, declare:

1. If called as a witness in this case I would truthfully and
accurately testify to the following from my own personal
knowledge.

2. I was in jail with Cynthia White in December of 1981
after Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed.
Cynthia White told me the police were making her lie and
say she saw Mr. Jamal shoot Officer Faulkner when she
really did not see who did it. She said she knew Mumia
from seeing him drive a cab.

3. I was in jail with Cynthia White and knew she was a
prostitute in center city Philadelphia around 13th Street.
She used a lot of different names besides “Cynthia White”
one of them was “Lucky” which is what I called her. She
liked to wear a lot of different wigs. The word on the street
was that she was a snitch for the police. Cynthia and I
met due to being in jail for not wanting to testify in
homicides.

4. In December of 1981, Lucky (Cynthia White) was locked
up in “PC” (protective custody) in the “hole” for women, “G”
Rear. I was in jail because the cops thought that I knew
something about a homicide – I didn’t – but they wanted to
get information out of me.

5. Our cells were directly across from each other.
Sometimes the inmates would use me as a “runner” passing
contraband between inmates in the hole and inmates in
population, and I would stop and talk with Lucky when I
went to her cell. I had been involved in violent crime and
was interested in what prostitution was all about so I was
asking Lucky about it, considering it as an occupation.
She was nervous and frightened and glad to have someone
to talk to. She was always crying and sad. She told me
she was scared for her life. I asked her, “Scared of who?”
she stated, “The guards and vice.”

6. When Lucky told me she didn’t even see who shot Officer
Faulkner, I asked her why she was “lying on that man”
(Mumia Abu-Jamal). She told me it was because for the
police and vice threatened her life. Additionally, the police
were giving her money for tricks. “The way she talked, we
were talking “G’s” ($1,000.00). She also said she was
terrified of what the police would do to her if she didn’t
say that Mumia shot Officer Faulkner. According to Lucky,
the police told her they would consolidate all her cases and
send her “up” (Muncy), a women’s prison, for a long time if
she didn’t testify to what they told her to say. Lucky told
me she had a lot of open cases and out-of-state warrants
and was scared of going to Muncy. She was scared that
her pimp “would get pissed off” at all the money he was
losing when she was locked up, and off the street. She
was afraid that when she got out he would beat her up
or kill her.

7. Lucky was worried the police would kill her if she didn’t
say what they wanted. She was scared of what the MOVE
people would do to her after she testified against Mumia,
but MOVE never threatened Lucky while incarcerated.
She was scared when she told me all of this plus she was
crying and shaking. Whenever she talked about testifying
against Mumia Abu-Jamal, and how the police were
making her lie, she was nervous and very excited and I
could tell how scared she was from the way she was
talking and crying.

8. Lucky told me that what really happened that night was
that she was “on the stroll” (looking for and serving
customers) in the area of 13th and Locust when Officer
Faulkner got shot, but she definitely did not see who did it.
She also told me that she had a drug habit and was high on drugs
when it happened. She tried to run away after the
shooting, but the cops grabbed her and wouldn’t let her
go. They took her in the car first and told her that she
saw Mumia shoot Officer Faulkner.

9. While Lucky and I were locked up in the “hole”, the
detectives would come to the jail a lot and get her out to
talk to her. When she came back she always had things
they wouldn’t let us have in there, like cigarettes and
candy and even hoagies, syringes and white powders.
They would let her out for two (2) hours recreation time
during times the women’s jail was on lock down for count.

10. I feel like I’ve almost had a nervous breakdown over
keeping quiet about this all these years. I didn’t say
anything because I was afraid. I was afraid of the police.
They’re dangerous. They can hurt you and get away with it. I know, I’ve been trouble with the law and they know me. I’m
still afraid of what they could do, but when Mr. Jamal’s
case was on TV and in “The Daily News”, in the middle of
December of last year, I couldn’t get it out of my mind, I
kept thinking that man could die because of all the lies
that Lucky told on that witness stand and Mrs. Faulkner
would never know the truth.

11. I read in the papers that Mr. Jamal’s lawyer was in
California, but I didn’t have long distance service. When
I saw that Mr. Jamal had a lawyer in Philadelphia named
J. Michael Farrell, I looked him up in the phone book
yellow pages and called his office on December 18 or 19,
2001. I talked to one of Mr. Farrell’s assistants and told
him I had information about how Cynthia white lied at
Mumia’s trial. He took my number and told me someone
would call me back.

12. Two or three days later, I got a call from Mr. Mike
Newman, who told me he was a private investigator for
Mumia Abu-Jamal’s attorneys. I gave him the same basic information that is in this declaration. He called me
back a couple of times with more questions, asking for
more details.

13. Before calling attorney Farrell’s office on December
18 or 19, 2001, I never had any contact of any kind with
any of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s attorneys, past or present.
Before talking to Mr. Newman, as explained above, I never
had any contact with any of the investigators, assistants
or other agents of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s attorneys. I do not
know Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. I never met him, spoke to
him, or had any contact with him.

14. I have carefully read this declaration before signing it
to be sure that it is truthful and accurate.

This declaration is made subject to the penalties provided for in
Pa. Cons. Stats. Sec. C.lS.A. 4904 for unsworn false statements
to the authorities.

I declare under penalty of perjury under the law of the United
states of America that the foregoing declaration is true and
correct and was executed by me on 01-28-02, 2002, at
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(signature here)
YVETTE WILLIAMS

(signature here)
AMY STENN

Sworn to and subscribed before
me this Jan day of 28 2002

AMY STENN
NOTARY PUBLIC OF NEW JERSEY
My Commission Expires January 27, 2005

 

 

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