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Mumia Abu-Jamal: New witness alleges star prosecution witness lied.

Case Against Mumia Abu-Jamal in doubt as new witness alleges that star prosecution witness Cynthia White lied under police pressure.
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SOURCE: Law Office of Eliot Lee Grossman

Case Against Mumia Abu-Jamal in Doubt as New Witness Alleges Cynthia White Lied

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Mumia Abu-Jamal's attorneys, BROWN, KAMISH, GROSSMAN & FARRELL, dropped another ``bombshell'' today. Yvette Williams, in an affidavit Jamal's lawyers filed in the federal court of appeals in Philadelphia, swears that star prosecution witness, Cynthia White, told Williams that police forced her to falsely identify Jamal as the shooter when she did not even see the shooting.

Williams, who was in protective custody with prostitute Cynthia White after Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot to death in December of 1981, says in the affidavit that White also admitted to having a drug habit and being high on drugs when the shooting took place.

According to Williams' sworn statement, ``When Lucky [Cynthia White] told me she didn't even see who shot Officer Faulkner, I asked her why she was 'lying on that man' (Mumia Abu-Jamal). She told me it was because the police and vice threatened her life. Additionally, the police were giving her money for tricks ... the police told her they would consolidate all her cases and send her 'up' to Muncy, a women's prison, for a long time if she didn't testify to what they told her to say.''

Williams states in the affidavit that, when police detectives would take White out of her cell to talk to her, White would return with prohibited contraband ``like cigarettes and candy and even hoagies, syringes and white powders.''

Williams' sworn statement, signed before a notary on January 28 of this year, says that she has ``almost had a nervous breakdown over keeping quiet about this all these years,'' and explains that she was afraid of what the police would do to her if she came forward. According to Williams' affidavit, when Jamal's case was back in the news in mid-December of last year, ``I couldn't get it out of my mind, I kept thinking that man could die because of all the lies that Lucky told on that witness stand and Mrs. Faulkner would never know the truth.''

In the 41-page motion filed with Williams' sworn statement, Jamal's attorneys argue that his conviction should be overturned because, ``Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent and has the evidence to prove it.'' The attorneys request authorization from the federal appeals court to appeal Judge Yohn's refusal to let them amend the habeas corpus petition filed by his previous lawyers, Leonard Weinglass and Daniel Williams, whom he fired in May of last year for conflicts of interest. Jamal's attorneys also request authorization to appeal six specific violations of the right to a fair trial, including one based on the sworn statement of Court Reporter Terri Maurer-Carter in which she states that during the time of Jamal's trial she overheard Judge Sabo say, in reference to Jamal, ``Yeah, and I'm going to help 'em fry the n****r.''

CONTACT ATTORNEYS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL: Eliot Lee Grossman, Esq., (626) 943-1945, innjustice (at), or J. Michael Farrell, Esq., (215) 925-1105.

SOURCE: Law Office of Eliot Lee Grossman



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