STATEMENT OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL
It is against an extraordinary and unprecedented background that
present counsel's motion for pro hoc vice status to enter this
case and assist in righting these historical wrongs comes before
this forum today.The denial of my right of self-representation
and the infringement of my right to representation itself has
a long and tortured history.
For the better part of three years the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
itself wrongly, unconstitutionally and illegally invaded my right
to correspond with counsel by copying and improperly distributing
privileged correspondence to unknown third parties. A federal
court in Jamal V. Price has found this violation "actually
injured" my communication withcounsel. Subsequently, with
the publication of a vile book, former counsel's conduct has caused
very serious questions of conflict of interest. It is those very
questions, among other things, which bring us to this forum today.
In this case, self-representation has been violated, the right
of the assistance of John Africa and the
right to confidential communication has been violated, the right
to counsel free of glaring conflict of interest has been betrayed,
and very particularly, the right to be present in a courtroom
when my case is being heard has been denied once again through
no fault of my own.
Eighteen years ago Judge Sabo banned me from virtually half of
my trial. Today I am banned from a proceeding in my name, in my
interest, without reason or justification.
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