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by Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu Jama
Wednesday, May. 28, 2003 at 7:58 PM
Attorneys for death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to order Mumia's prior Chief Counsel Leonard Weinglass to answer under oath 112 questions concerning charges that he was responsible for the "intentional burying of evidence that proves Appellant Jamal's 'actual innocence' of the crime of which he has been convicted."
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112 Questions for Leonard Weinglass
PUBLICATION AND REPRINTS - Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
The following press release was issued by lawyers for Mumia Abu-Janal (Please post & distribute):
Friday 23 May 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
112 QUESTIONS FOR ATTORNEY LEONARD WEINGLASS
Philadelphia. Attorneys for death row journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal today asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to order Mumia's prior Chief Counsel Leonard Weinglass to answer under oath 112 questions concerning charges that he was responsible for the "intentional burying of evidence that proves Appellant Jamal's 'actual innocence' of the crime of which he has been convicted."
Mumia's attorneys charge in their 43-page motion that conflicts of interest on the part of Mr. Weinglass were responsible for his "intentionally failing to raise numerous meritorious claims" that Mumia was deprived of a fair trial fair appeal and fair post-conviction proceedings. Mumia's attorneys also charge that Weinglass "intentionally sabotaged" claims for relief that he did present.
The motion filed today in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court includes a 20-page "Offer of Proof" which sets forth 112 questions to be asked of Mr. Weinglass and which Mumia's attorneys contend should all be answered "yes" if Weinglass tells the truth.
The motion also sets forth 15 specific charges against Weinglass including refusing to investigate evidence proving Mumia's innocence burying the 1999 confession of Arnold Beverly to the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and suppressing the 1995 recantation of prosecution witness Robert Chobert.
In their motion Mumia's attorneys refer the state supreme court to numerous documents and sworn witness statements they previously filed in the lower court proceedings but which they say were ignored by Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Dembe who denied their request for a full hearing.
Mumia and his attorneys are now awaiting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision as to whether they will allow Mr.Weinglass to answer to the charges placed against him.
Award-winning journalist and author Mumia Abu-Jamal holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from California State University and was named an honorary citizen of Paris France an honor last granted to renowned artist Pablo Picasso. He is represented by London barrister Nick Brown Chicago attorney Marlene Kamish Los Angeles attorney Eliot Lee Grossman and local Philadelphia counsel J. Michael Farrell.
For more information contact: Eliot Lee Grossman Esq. (626) 943-1945
The entire legal document is available to read and/or download on the following web sites: www.mumia.org
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