#FreeMumia: Judge Orders Pennsylvania DOC to Provide Mumia Abu-Jamal with Hepatitis C Treatment - The Root



PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 9: Supporters of death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal rally outdoors Metropolis Corridor December 9, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The rally marked the 25th anniversary of the night time Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was fatally shot. Abu-Jamal was later convicted of first diploma homicide for Faulkner's slaying. (Photograph by Jeff Fusco/Getty Pictures)

Freedom fighter Mumia Abu-Jamal is one step nearer to receiving life-saving medical remedy after a federal decide selected Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Division of Corrections ought to present him with new drugs to deal with his hepatitis C an infection, Philly.com reports.


U.S. District Decide Robert D. Mariani ordered that Abu-Jamal have to be seen by a physician inside two weeks to find out if there's a medical purpose he ought to not be handled. If no cause is given, the state should present the remedy.

"The wrestle is way from over: the DOC will little question attraction this ruling. However a victory," stated Robert J. Boyle, authorized council for Abu-Jamal. Boyle expects the state to attraction the ruling.

The DOC way back put a worth on Abu-Jamal's life, sustaining since his 2015 analysis that the medicine was too costly to offer.


As Philly.com reviews, "The state has about 7,000 inmates with hepatitis C, and treating them - at a price of $84,000 to $90,000 per individual - would value $600 million."

"We're reviewing the choice and can't remark additional right now," Susan McNaughton, a Division of Corrections spokeswoman.

A protestor stands subsequent to a picture of Mumia Abu-Jamal outdoors the US Division of Justice on April 24, 2012 in Washington, DC, calling for the discharge from jail of the ex-Black Panther militant, who was convicted for the killing of a white police officer in 1981 and sentenced to dying. In December 2011 prosecutors gave up their effort to execute Abu-Jamal, who supporters consider is harmless and was framed for the homicide within the racially charged case. Supporters determined to carry their demonstration on April 24, 2012, Abu-Jamal's 58th birthday. AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photograph credit score ought to learn MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Pictures)

As beforehand reported by The Root, Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence in jail for the 1981 homicide of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and has continued to be denied lifesaving medical treatment for his hepatitis C. He has all the time maintained his innocence, and after 29 years on demise row his unique dying sentence was commuted when it was decided that his constitutional proper to a good trial was denied.


U.S. District Courtroom Decide Robert Mariani beforehand denied an injunction that may have allowed Abu-Jamal to obtain remedy, whereas concurrently discovering that Pennsylvania’s hepatitis C protocol for prisoners fails to satisfy constitutional requirements.

Abu-Jamal's supporters held a rally in entrance of Philadelphia's Metropolis Corridor on December 9, the 25th anniversary of the night time Faulkner was fatally shot to demand that he obtain remedy.

Supporters also gathered in entrance of the Philadelphia District Lawyer’s Workplace in September to battle again towards what's being described because the authorized lynching of Abu-Jamal.

“We’re out right here to let individuals, official and unofficial, know we’re not going to let the federal government plan, plot and conspire to kill our brother Mumia,” stated freedom fighter Ramona Africa, a MOVE member and survivor of the 1985 police bombing that killed 11 MOVE members and left tons of of individuals homeless.

A visibly sick Mumia Abu-Jamal is surrounded by Abdu Jon, Pam Africa and Johanna Fernandez.
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“The federal government hasn’t deserted their plan to kill Mumia,” continued Africa. “They’re simply doing it another way.”


Whereas the federal decide's determination is welcome, it's shameful that Mumia and too many different political prisoners are nonetheless incarcerated. Justice is his freedom and nothing much less. A nation that locks individuals away, stripping them of their rights and their ability to make a livable wage, then ruthlessly denies life-saving medical remedy due to expense can by no means declare to be an ethical authority on something.

Free all of them.