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Articles by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Judges Of Death

As the nation pondered the fate of a young California man being sentenced to death, the case of another man, one lesser-known, one without wealth or whiteness, comes back before the nation's highest court, after having been shunted through a series of killing courts in Texas.

Thomas Miller-El, 53, was ...

Gov. Ryan's Song

by Mumia Abu Jamal

Illinois Gov. George Ryan, in the last passing days of his first and only term, saved the best for last.

He sent shock waves across the nation when he issued four pardons to men sitting on the Condemned Units of the state's prison system, opening the ...

Scrubbing Abu Ghraib Away


by Mumia Abu-Jamal

If persistent news tips are correct, the U.S. Army's report on the barbarities at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison will lodge blame for the events there at the rank of colonel and below, and no real bigwigs or command staff officers will be tied ...

Into the Twilight Zone

by Mumia Abu Jamal

With the seizure of the person (one can't say "arrest," for the government has announced it has no intention of prosecuting) of the American citizen alleged to have been planning "dirty bomb" strikes against U.S. targets, Abdullah AlMuhajir (formerly Jose Padilla), the government goes down a ...

Lessons From the Law

by Mumia Abu Jamal

For many jailhouse lawyers, the texts of court rulings are read with a close and rapt attention that would be the envy of any conscientious law professor. The writer knows one guy, who, after years of study of criminal law cases, can recite from sheer memory, ...

Junking the Jurors

by Mumia Abu Jamal

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed&"

U.S. Constitution, 6 th Amendment

It has been almost two decades since a Philadelphia ...

Book Review: Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing

Fyodor Dostoevsky's old adage about measuring a civilization by reviewing its prisons if followed in the U.S. context is a condemnation of this nation's own version of the gulag archipelago. A cross-section of prisoner's writings submitted to the PEN writing contest for the past quarter century reveals the cold dark ...

States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons

Edited by Joy James. (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000). 352 Pages

Reviewed by Mumia AbuJamal

Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky once opined that the nature of a civilization could be discerned by examining its prisons. If that is so, James has assembled a wide variety of essays that are reflecting ...

A Matter of Law

By Mumia Abu-Jamal

Law is simply politics by other means&
- David Kairys, Legal Reasoning

When one looks at public projections of police in the corporate and entertainment media, one thinks of someone who is sworn to follow (as opposed to breaking) the law. Similarly, when one examines the public ...

A Nation's Gratitude

Many governments have been founded on principles of subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race... [Such] were, and are, in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature's laws. With us, all the white race, however high or low, rich or ...