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Subject: New Affidavit in Mumia's case
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against Mumia Abu-Jamal in doubt
as new witness alleges Cynthia White lied
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
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
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."
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."
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."
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."
ATTORNEYS FOR MUMIA ABU-JAMAL: Eliot Lee GROSSMAN, Esq., (626)
943-1945, [email protected], or J. Michael Farrell, Esq., (215)
DECLARATION OF YVETTE WILLIAMS
YVETTE WILLIAMS, declare:
If called as a witness in this case I would truthfully and
accurately testify to the following from my own personal
I was in jail with Cynthia White in December of 1981
after Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed.
Cynthia White told me the police were making her lie and
say she saw Mr. Jamal shoot Officer Faulkner when she
really did not see who did it. She said she knew Mumia
from seeing him drive a cab.
I was in jail with Cynthia White and knew she was a
prostitute in center city Philadelphia around 13th Street.
She used a lot of different names besides Cynthia White
one of them was Lucky which is what I called her.
liked to wear a lot of different wigs. The word on the street
was that she was a snitch for the police. Cynthia and I
met due to being in jail for not wanting to testify in
In December of 1981, Lucky (Cynthia White) was locked
up in PC (protective custody) in the hole
for women, G
Rear. I was in jail because the cops thought that I knew
something about a homicide I didnt but they
get information out of me.
Our cells were directly across from each other.
Sometimes the inmates would use me as a runner passing
contraband between inmates in the hole and inmates in
population, and I would stop and talk with Lucky when I
went to her cell. I had been involved in violent crime and
was interested in what prostitution was all about so I was
asking Lucky about it, considering it as an occupation.
She was nervous and frightened and glad to have someone
to talk to. She was always crying and sad. She told me
she was scared for her life. I asked her, Scared of who?
she stated, The guards and vice.
When Lucky told me she didnt 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 for the
police and vice threatened her life. Additionally, the police
were giving her money for tricks. The way she talked,
were talking Gs ($1,000.00). She also said
terrified of what the police would do to her if she didnt
say that Mumia shot Officer Faulkner. According to Lucky,
the police told her they would consolidate all her cases and
send her up (Muncy), a womens prison, for
a long time if
she didnt testify to what they told her to say. Lucky
me she had a lot of open cases and out-of-state warrants
and was scared of going to Muncy. She was scared that
her pimp would get pissed off at all the money he
losing when she was locked up, and off the street. She
was afraid that when she got out he would beat her up
or kill her.
Lucky was worried the police would kill her if she didnt
say what they wanted. She was scared of what the MOVE
people would do to her after she testified against Mumia,
but MOVE never threatened Lucky while incarcerated.
She was scared when she told me all of this plus she was
crying and shaking. Whenever she talked about testifying
against Mumia Abu-Jamal, and how the police were
making her lie, she was nervous and very excited and I
could tell how scared she was from the way she was
talking and crying.
Lucky told me that what really happened that night was
that she was on the stroll (looking for and serving
customers) in the area of 13th and Locust when Officer
Faulkner got shot, but she definitely did not see who did it.
She also told me that she had a drug habit and was high on drugs
when it happened. She tried to run away after the
shooting, but the cops grabbed her and wouldnt let her
go. They took her in the car first and told her that she
saw Mumia shoot Officer Faulkner.
While Lucky and I were locked up in the hole, the
detectives would come to the jail a lot and get her out to
talk to her. When she came back she always had things
they wouldnt let us have in there, like cigarettes and
candy and even hoagies, syringes and white powders.
They would let her out for two (2) hours recreation time
during times the womens jail was on lock down for count.
I feel like Ive almost had a nervous breakdown over
keeping quiet about this all these years. I didnt say
anything because I was afraid. I was afraid of the police.
Theyre dangerous. They can hurt you and get away with
it. I know, Ive been trouble with the law and they know
still afraid of what they could do, but when Mr. Jamals
case was on TV and in The Daily News, in the middle
December of last year, I couldnt get it out of my mind,
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.
I read in the papers that Mr. Jamals lawyer was in
California, but I didnt have long distance service. When
I saw that Mr. Jamal had a lawyer in Philadelphia named
J. Michael Farrell, I looked him up in the phone book
yellow pages and called his office on December 18 or 19,
2001. I talked to one of Mr. Farrells assistants and told
him I had information about how Cynthia white lied at
Mumias trial. He took my number and told me someone
would call me back.
Two or three days later, I got a call from Mr. Mike
Newman, who told me he was a private investigator for
Mumia Abu-Jamals attorneys. I gave him the same basic
information that is in this declaration. He called me
back a couple of times with more questions, asking for
Before calling attorney Farrells office on December
18 or 19, 2001, I never had any contact of any kind with
any of Mumia Abu-Jamals attorneys, past or present.
Before talking to Mr. Newman, as explained above, I never
had any contact with any of the investigators, assistants
or other agents of Mumia Abu-Jamals attorneys. I do not
know Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. I never met him, spoke to
him, or had any contact with him.
I have carefully read this declaration before signing it
to be sure that it is truthful and accurate.
declaration is made subject to the penalties provided for in
Pa. Cons. Stats. Sec. C.lS.A. 4904 for unsworn false statements
to the authorities.
declare under penalty of perjury under the law of the United
states of America that the foregoing declaration is true and
correct and was executed by me on 01-28-02, 2002, at
to and subscribed before
me this Jan day of 28 2002
NOTARY PUBLIC OF NEW JERSEY
My Commission Expires January 27, 2005