By Eddie Conway
EDDIE CONWAY I’m Eddie Conway, coming to you from Baltimore. Welcome to The Real News. A few weeks ago, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner agreed to drop his challenge to the appeal in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case. Mumia is now open to argue his appeal case before Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court. We have Michael Schiffman here today who has followed Mumia’s case for years, had written a book about Mumia and many articles, and he’s going to discuss this new decision and what it bodes for the future. Michael, thanks for joining me.
MICHAEL SCHIFFMAN Yeah. Glad to be here.
EDDIE CONWAY Okay. How significant is this news that Krasner dropped a challenge to Mumia Abu-Jamal getting a new trial?
MICHAEL SCHIFFMAN Well I think the significance is actually enormous. Apart from the hepatitis C case, which Mumia won in court in terms of his medical treatment, this is basically his first win since almost 20 years. And at least theoretically, it opens up the possibility of a new trial for him.
EDDIE CONWAY Okay. Do you think the attempt to stop his appeal, which was Krasner’s first position, and to continue to lay his case was evidence of a cover up?