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Philly DA Contesting Mumia Abu-Jamal Appeal; Rescue on Icy DE Pond; Gym's #MuteRKelly Resolution
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/28/19 3:58 am | updated: 01/28/19 3:58 am
The Philadelphia District Attorney's office announced on Friday, 1/25, that it will appeal a judge's ruling that would allow convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal another chance to appeal his case. In December, Philadelphia Judge Leon Tucker granted the new appeal based on a Supreme Court ruling that said a former Pennsylvania justice who heard the appeal had a potential conflict of interest. Ronald Castille was Philadelphia's District Attorney at the time of Abu-Jamal's initial appeal and then was a PA Supreme Court justice at a later appeal. Since Tucker's ruling, the DA's office found six boxes of old files related to the case. They spent weeks going through the material and did not find anything to show Castille was personally involved in the case at the time. District Attorney Larry Krasner's choice to fight the court's decision is somewhat surprising. Krasner, a longtime civil rights lawyer, is focused on criminal justice reform. The Philadelphia NAACP has already criticized the decision. "The NAACP is not here to argue guilt or innocence of Mr. Jamal," said Minister Rodney Muhammad of the Philadelphia NAACP. "We are talking about due process."

Officials in New Castle County, Delaware, are warning people to stay away from icy ponds. Rescue crews have had to respond multiple times this month to Carousel Park on Limestone Road for people and dogs going through the ice. The latest rescue happened this morning, Sunday 1/17, around 11:30 a.m. A man was walking his rottweiler when the dog chased some geese out onto the ice. The dog fell into the water and the owner went in after him. The owner couldn't get out and his son then got stuck while helping his father. Some bystanders were able to throw a rescue ring and pull the two out before crews arrived. The father and son were showing early signs of hypothermia. They were taken to the hospital and are doing ok. The dog was taken to a vet and is also fine. This same scenario has happened multiple times. The pond is located next to a dog park, which in warmer weather is great for swimming. Dog owners should keep their animals leashed around icy waterways.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman At-Large Helen Gym has introduced a resolution into City Council to declare Philadelphia's solidarity with the #MuteRKelly campaign. R&B singer R. Kelly has had a long, successful career as a singer, and although he has been accused and charged, he has escaped any major consequences of his actions including abuse, sexual assault, and statutory rape. The resolution declares "solidarity with and support for the #MuteRKelly campaign, a grassroots movement that seeks to remedy decades of silence surrounding the sexual abuse of young Black women and girls by denying R. Kelly a public platform within the City of Philadelphia and nationwide." R. Kelly has already been dropped from his label, Sony's RCA Records, and upcoming tour dates have been canceled. "We are still fighting to get his music off radio, to have his songs removed from streaming services and to get his upcoming concerts canceled. We will not stop until the community at large has completely divested itself from R. Kelly, and he can no longer use his wealth to insulate himself from the consequences of his crimes" Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown and Cherelle L. Parker also support the resolution. The resolution is up for a vote on January 31st. Read the full #MuteRKelly Resolution |

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