Mumia's Conviction Upheld


KBOO is open to the public! To visit the station, contact your staff person or call 503-231-8032.

Produced by: 
Air date: 
Sun, 04/05/2009 - 5:00pm

Patrick Ryan, one of the organizers of Friends of Mumia of Portland, gave Ruth an update of today’s (04/06/09) U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let Mumia Abu-Jamal’s conviction stand. Also discussed were plans for Portland action, Saturday April 11th, at 10:00 am at Pioneer Square to protest this devastating ruling. For more information call 503/515-9540. Come join us as we stand up to be counted for Justice. Mumia needs your support and Portland supporters need to know that we are not alone.

We also read material from Hans Bennet quoting interviews with Patrick O’Connor, author of  The Framing of Mumia, and Michael Schiffmann, co-founder of Journalists for Mumia and author of several books about Mumia – Race Against Death, and  Mumia Abu-Jamal: a Black Revolutionary in White America.

Topic tags: 


I have been listening to Mumia "from death row" since living in Santa Cruz, listening to Free Radio Santa Cruz; listening with an open mind, and wondering how this tragedy could have could have happened to me, or you...right? Wrong place, wrong time.
Then, I finally got off my butt and looked into the situation, briefly. I found that the turning of the witnesses, and the lack of fairness in Mumia's desire to represent himself seemed to be big factors, and should justify a re-trial. But, what about the gun? I read that Mumia's gun was used in the killing, that his holster was on at the time. So, why doesn't Mumia explain about his gun? Or has he?

Well, this has been discussed many times by Mumia and his many supporters. First, the bullet found in the officer was a .44 caliber and Mumia's gun was a .38. Second, he purchased the gun because of the crime in philly and the many times he had been robbed that is why he had on him. Third, when the officers arrived they did not do the routine smell test and wipe test to see if the gun had actually been fired by Mumia. Remember if you want most of the questions answered by the ones that have been working on the case since day one just go to and they will answer most questions.

Audio by Topic: