In an unprecedented decision, Federal District Judge William H. Yohn refused to accept four amicus briefs filed in support of death-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Amicus briefs are legal arguments submitted to the court by groups that are not a party to the case but have an interest in its outcome. All four amicus briefs are available from the International Concerned Family & Friends Web site,

For information on protests at the upcoming hearing in Philadelphia, go to Judge Yohn's denial of Amicus briefs.


    1. Read the letter from International Concerned Family and Friends,
    2. Print out the following PDF form, Noticejoiner (you will need Adobe Acrobat 4 to open this form)
    3. Download a free copy of the Acrobat Reader 4.
    4. Fill it out, and
      1. Mail it to
        International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia
        at P.O. Box 19709, Philadelphia, PA 19143.

From the desk of the International Secretary of the Concerned family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

I hope that you all know, Judge Yohn has denied the four Amicus Briefs that we filed before him. The thing that most people do not understand is that within the pages of these briefs, especially the last two (Chicana/Chicano studies & British Parliament), lies the truth that has the power to free Mumia.

These briefs speak to the core of just how unfair Mumia's trial really was. They lay out, not in legal speak but in plain English, the conspiracy that went on: behind closed doors; behind Mumia's back; and right in the court room itself, and how Anthony Jackson (Mumia's Lawyer [who was praised by the judge]) was really conspiring right against Mumia and beside Sabo and Mcgill. It was Jackson who told the judge and prosecution Mumia's defense strategy in 1982, and it was the judge who constantly praised Jackson in 1982, and now it's me asking you is this really a good lawyer.

I know the answer. And anyone who reads these briefs will too. Right now we're appealing the decision by Yohn to deny the Amicus, and anyone who wants to can actually sign on and become a part of the Amicus. We have the forms. It's just two pages of double-sized, with a couple of questions. All you have to do is put on your name (and organization if there is one), address, etc., and your reason for supporting the Amicus (which you can take right out of the table of contents of the Amicus). That's all.

And that will actually put your name on as a party to the Amicus when we refile. We can fax these forms or mail them to anyone right away. We just need to make sure we get a lot of these and fast. This is something that Mumia personally has asked us all to do. He believes as do we, that this is the most important thing to do right now to save his life. Mumia believes this because he understands what is in these briefs. If there is any doubt within you as to how powerful and important these are then contact us to speak with us about them. We will explain to you the importance of this.

Call Pam Africa: 215-476-8812 or call International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal: 215-476-5416

Please print the following PDF form:Noticejoiner and send all completed forms to
The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal,
PO Box 19709,
Philadelphia, PA 19143 or
fax the forms to: 215/476-7551.
For more information or to receive a form by fax or mail:
contact Pam Africa,
International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
tel: 215/476-8812;
fax: 215/476-7551


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