Drawing on correspondence with two-dozen jailhouse lawyers around the country, Abu-Jamal discusses the lives and work of men and. ABU-JAMAL I HAVE NOT HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING NEW SERIOUSLY WHAT IN THE HELL IS A “JAILHOUSE LAWYERS” . I HAVE TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH IT IS VERY REGRETTABLE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL. –Politically-condemned, death row prisoner, journalist, and former Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal in his new book, “Jailhouse Lawyers.”.

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Jailhouse Lawyers, with nothing else to do are tying our courts in knots, with an endless flood of frivolous litigation. Today was his birthday.

jxmal This event honored a man, who soundly needed no introduction from his peers and supporters, locally and globally:. This event honored not only his birthday, but his latest book titled, “Jailhouse Lawyers. POOR Magazine has launched the REvolutionary Legal Advocacy project that in many ways is a jailhouse lawyer project outside of jail, working to bring accessible justice to folks caught in the Prison Industrial Complex and the non-profit industrial complex.

After singing “Happy Birthday” to Mumia, a candle-sticked cake was brought out for him. Tragically, Mumia wouldn’t be here to blow them out. SinceMumia has been wrongfully incarcerated for his alleged killing of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police Officer, Daniel Faulkner.


Despite his innocence vs. The only thing that has and mumja to keep him alive on death row is his voice, the voice of the people, mjmia Almighty God that refuses to let him die.

On the speaker, Mumia expressed his love for everyone in attendance to this mumiq While those behind bars suffer the most direct effects of this system, its raced, gendered, and sexualized modes of violence bolster the institutions and ideologies that inform our lives on the outside. Yet how can we say what the law is without looking at the people who wear the title “judge”?

Whether one wins or loses in the wheel of fortune that is law, a definitive factor is often the judge on the case. Jailhouse Lawyers reference those sentiments from above.

It details how prisoners seldom receive competent, effective, or even adequate representation from lawyers in criminal trials. Alternatively, they have to seek aid from inmates of self-acquired legal skills via jailhouse lawyer or their own llawyers who boldly challenge the U. S “Legal System” in spite of their incarceration, or retaliation from prison officials for their efforts.

The court system is allegedly aimed for the “equal rights and justice for all.

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Many jailhouse lawyers, many of whom do not have a high school diplomaare able to articulate facts relating to their own cases to combat the corrupt activities within court system.

Mumia chronicles numerous stories surrounding the experiences of those who faced incarceration, but narrowly lawyrrs with the power of the pen, and the tongue of one or more like-minded individuals possessing self-invented legal minds.


Like-minded individuals who were immensely unafraid, to divinely deter the injustices they faced in prison.

Mumia deconstructs the entire corruptive constructs rooted in the contradictive, confusing force that is historically known as American Law.

‘Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. The U.S.A.’ by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Its callous vulture-culture continues to clash its claws upon the working poor, and the poor in general. Mumia exposes the origins of these constructs from three men, who the U. S monumentalizes as its proud “Founding Fathers.

S Presidents, who stood in the forefront of America’s revolt against the British. He defines and explains the true goal of the “Prison Litigation Reform Act”. This “act” was “snuck in” by former President, Bill Clinton lawyeers Because of this “law” it led to a destructive effect on the lives and liberties of millions of people.

Mumia provides a link regarding the “Welfare Reform Act” that severely impacted poor people also enacted by Bill Clinton and thus far beforehand, the U. S enactment of the “Slave Codes” during the slave era. Today, those very same “codes” are now “Prison Codes. Ironically, the roots of self-representation occurred during the American Revolution, where most English colonists despised lawyers. Inover a decade before the introduction of mumka “U. In the words of the Ninth Article, ‘In all prosecutions for criminal offenses, a man hath a right to be heard by himself and his counsel.

But the extreme crucial question from Mumia, as he said it best was, “What does it mean when you hath a right to be heard, when no one wants to hear you? John Africa, founder of revolutionary organization based out of Philadelphia called MOVE, rejects the system, and representation of lawyers.

On May 13th, Africa and other Move members were arrested on May 13th, for allegedly implementing terrorist acts, by the means of bombs and explosives.

But wisdom is informing, and when you put what is right to a person, you ain’t in danger of getting wrong back! That is the difference between what I use as my defense my bomb and what the government use as their so-called defense This, among his many arguments led to the freedom of John Africa, and a few others of MOVE that were facing trumped up charges that would’ve led to a decade jaulhouse of federal prison time.

In a tragically-ironic, twisted chain jamak events, Africa and eleven other MOVE members were brutally murdered, by the very terroristic means that he was charged with Philadelphia Police illegally obtained explosives including C-4 from federal law enforcement that killed the eleven members, which included women and children. Central California Women’s Facility C.

W is the largest prison complex in the world. Ruiz helped reform the entire prison system that began inwith a 30 pg. Mumia’s book not only talks about self-representtion on the inside, but on the outside as well, In chapter four, titled “What about Street Lawyers?

Darrow’s colleagues, although in agreement with his speech, criticized him for saying his own words to “those people. Though I’ve never been incarcerated or arrested a day in my young life, a certain dozen members of the San Francisco Police Department nearly put an end to that accomplishment, as well as an end to my very life.


Exploring an alternate reality, when those police officers illegally stormed my hotel room, unannounced in a “mistaken identity scenario” with their guns ready to open fire, many what if’s come to my mind regarding the night that it occurred. What if I had a gun for protection purposes and I mistook them as burglars? I could’ve shot and killed one or more of those officers, and they surely would’ve killed me. Even worse, what if by the grace of Almighty God’s hand I survived those barrage of bullets?

Who would’ve believed me innocent, that I was defending myself and my property? Those of you who read this know the answer. I would surely be in the same political predicament as Mumia Abu-Jamal, himself.

Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA by Mumia Abu-Jamal

In the aftermath of my unsuccessful civil suit against the City and County of San Francisco as a self-represented party I became self-fulfilled with the knowledge of how the law, its “system” and the process “really works.

What was additionally-inspiring is at the end of the book in the appendix section; handwritten photo-copied petitions and documents, by the jailhouse lawyers themselves. This shows the tenacity and willpower of one so driven to receive their justice so badly, they’ll do things themselves. As a living testimony of crafting legal pleading papers, citing proper legal authorities, and complying with the paper filing processes, I can second those sentiments.

Reading Jailhouse Lawyers proved many things to me, and to the world of one’s remarkable ability of self-representation, and self-empowerment for those that seek justice, un-misguided by fraudulent lawyer representation.

And at the end of the day, they can tell themselves that NO ONE is really a fool for their own lawyer To be one of that number has been a challenge and an honor to this writer, who offers this reportage to illustrate what transpires in the depths of America, the Prison house of Nations. An on-line news service dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of issues affecting low and no income communities nationally and internationally. New password Sign up. Mumia Abu Jamal’s powerful new book.

Marlon Crump Monday, June 29, “Jailhouse Lawyers, we are learning, are often people of extraordinary firmness who fight for a law that rarely fights for them. This event honored a man, who soundly needed no introduction from his peers and supporters, locally and globally: Over a month later during the trial, Africa had this to say to the court: Whether people are incarcerated or not, the following empowering words could be heard: POOR correspondent’s blog Add new comment.

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