source: Amsterdam News
published: 22 June 2017
Supporters from “The Mobilization for Mumia” converged at the Philadelphia district attorney’s office, (3 South Penn Square) on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 30, to pressure them to comply with a recent court order instructing them to release all files pertaining to former DA Ron Castille’s handling of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals by May 30.
Simultaneously, they also were demanding the release of all the files of 16 other Philadelphia defendants whose cases were also heard April 24, 2017, by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker, to determine if the ruling applied to their cases.
Their demands are based on the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Williams v. Pennsylvania, in which the court ruled that “it is a violation of due process for a judge to rule on a case in which he/she had prior personal involvement as prosecutor.”
Castille was an assistant Philadelphia DA during Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial, and was the DA when his office opposed Abu-Jamal’s 1988 appeal. Therefore, Mumia’s attorneys argue, he should have recused himself.