The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
The Center for Constitutional Rights was pleased to learn of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s decision to no longer pursue the death penalty against internationally renowned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal will now be sentenced to life without possibility of parole.
We do not believe Abu-Jamal, who has been incarcerated for over 30 years, should ever have been imprisoned on death row in the first place. In fact, the procedural and constitutional violations that have filled his case since its beginning, in addition to evidence that has never been reviewed by any court or jury, call not just for a new trial, but his freedom from prison as well.
Today’s decision is a testament to the committed organizing and dedication of his supporters throughout the world. But for true justice to be served, Abu-Jamal’s case must be re-examined, and he must be granted his long-deserved freedom.
December 12, 2011