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On January 3, 2019 the office of District Attorney Larry Krasner filed a letter memorandum to Judge Leon Tucker. “DA [Larry Krasner], and members of his staff went to a remote and largely inaccessible of the DA's office marked ‘Storage’ looking for office furniture.” They then state that on December 28 they found six boxes of files on Mumia Abu-Jamal's case that were not produced during the recent court proceedings.
District Attorney Krasner’s remarkable and suspicious discovery of six boxes of files marked Mumia or Mumia Abu-Jamal hidden in a storage room on December 28 was one day after Judge Tucker’s historic decision granting Mumia Abu-Jamal new rights of appeal.
For two years Judge Leon Tucker has repeatedly ordered the DA’s office to produce its files on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case relevant to the new action challenging judicial bias and conflict of interest in the denials of his post-convictions appeals from 1998-2012. As of December 1, DA Krasner’s office said that all files had been reviewed, and that there was no evidence that Ronald Castille, as District Attorney, had any personal involvement in Mumia’s case.
These boxes may well contain much more than evidence of then DA Castille’s involvement in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeals. Hidden boxes would most likely include memos and documents proving the frame-up of Mumia from the time of his arrest through the trial.
Because of the numbering of these boxes, it appears that there are other boxes yet to be found.
These “hidden boxes” are confirmation of what we've known for decades--the prosecution has hidden exculpatory evidence in Mumia's case. Evidence that is likely proof that Mumia's guilt was intentionally manufactured by the police and prosecution and the truth of his innocence suppressed.
These files should be released to the public. DA Krasner should see the hidden storage of these boxes of files as evidence of the total corruptness of the murder prosecution of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is an innocent man. The remedy is nothing less than dismissal of the charges against Mumia and his freedom from prison.
It took DA Krasner six days to report this find to Judge Tucker. Why? It’s been ten days since the boxes of files were found. Who has gone through those six boxes of files on Mumia’s case? What accountability is there? What assurance can DA Krasner give that there hasn’t been further tampering with and covering up of the case evidence, and the fact an innocent man was framed for murder and sentenced to death?
The DA’s letter was not publicly available, nor was the January 3 docket filing shown on the court’s public access web pages of docket filing, until January 9.
Rachel Wolkenstein, January 10, 2019