New ‘Anti-Mumia’ Law Meant To Erase Prisoners’ First Amendment Rights Signed Into Law By Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

Mumia-Abu-Jamal-2013-webFor more than 3 decades the state of Pennsylvania and the Fraternal Order of Police have moved heaven and earth to try and silence the voice of the state’s most notorious political prisoner and former death row inmate, Mumia Abu Jamal, but to no avail. Now they’ve stepped up their efforts to silence not only Mumia, but all prisoners’ voices from being heard outside of America’s ever-expanding Prison Industrial Complex. This latest attempt to stifle freedom of speech in utter disregard for the First Amendment comes as an act of revenge for Mumia’s delivering a prerecorded commencement address to this year’s graduating class at Goddard College in Vermont. The neo-fascist Fraternal Order of the Police, which last year successfully railroaded President Obama’s nominee for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ (using Mumia’s name as a pretext), sponsored the bill which was quickly fast-tracked through the PA legislature and signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett. The absurdly titled “Revictimization Act” would allow for alleged victims, District Attorneys and the Attorney General to sue prisoners who address a public audience because they say it could cause “mental anguish” to supposed victims. Of course no one is forcing these victims to listen to Mumia’s addresses, as the FOP has worked tirelessly over the years to see Mumia’s voice is never heard in a mainstream outlet. The ultimate goal of this law is not to protect any victims from the horrors of free speech. The goal is to shut down Prison Radio for good so that the revolutionary messages the world needs to hear now more than ever are suppressed.

Prison Radio is not taking this encroachment lying down however. They are assembling a legal team to prepare for the fight in court. But they could use your help. Consider making a donation to PrisonRadio.org today to help defend free speech. Remember, if they can get away with silencing him, they’re only one step closer to silencing you as well.

Moorbey'z Blog

VIDEO: Extended Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal on New Pennsylvania Law Restricting Prisoners’ Speech
In Pennsylvania, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a bill critics say will trample the free speech rights of prisoners. Dubbed the “Mumia bill,” the measure was introduced after imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal gave a pretaped commencement address at Vermont’s Goddard College. His speech was opposed by Pennsylvania officials and the widow of Daniel Faulkner, the police officer whom Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing. The law authorizes the censoring of public addresses of prisoners or former offenders if judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause “mental anguish” to the victim. Speaking to Democracy Now! from prison this week, Mumia Abu Jamal said that by signing the law, Governor Corbett had violated the Constitution.
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11 thoughts

  1. Sadly, state prisoners have always had their constitutional rights violated. It is almost impossible for them to get their grievances before a federal appellate court unless loads of organizations file amicus briefs. There is a hypocrisy in this nation that incarcerates people for convicted crime to “pay their penalty to society,” but yet punishes them further while paying that penalty and thereafter.

    1. Omg I know!! The whole notion of “paying one’s debt to society” is a huge fraud. In fact we have “debtor’s prisons” here in the United States right now. People who can’t pay their fines go to jail, and in the meantime more and more fines are stacked on top of it, but then the person who has been sent to jail can’t make any money and find it impossible to do so once they get out from the jails so they are just arrested again. It’s a never-ending cycle of cruelty.

  2. I’m wondering why people are so afraid of asking a law which asks a judge to rule whether prisoners have first amendment rights. It seems to me it would be very useful to get a judicial ruling on this, as most prisoners face outright bans on speaking with reporters or having their comments recorded. Getting a Supreme Court ruling especially would be extremely helpful. Am I missing something here?

    1. Well what are the chances the judge is going to rule in favor of prisoners’ rights?! I highly doubt the motive of the legislation was ever to “protect victims”.

      1. I think we need to be careful not to attack the “motive” behind dumb state laws. This strikes me as a typical liberal knee jerk reaction. The law is a bad one, which means it’s highly likely to be struck down.

        To the best of my knowledge, the question of prisoner rights has never been addressed judicially – it should be. And as far as I can see, the judiciary is one of the few areas of government which is still relatively independent of corporate lobbying. I know for sure the lower courts would most likely rule favorably. By the time it gets to the Supreme Court, Scalia and Kennedy (who are both 78) will most likely have retired.

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