When Massacre Is No Crime
[col. writ. 7/22/10] (c) '10 Mumia Abu-Jamal
Recently, when members of the MOVE Organization filed a criminal complaint in the Philadelphia. trial court, the DA argued against the filing, citing the extraordinary length of time, 25 years, since the May 13, 1985 bombing of the MOVE home by city police, where 11 men, women and children were massacred.
The trial judge, Frank Palumbo, agreed with the prosecutor's arguments, and refused to accept the case for prosecution.
Imagine this: the same office which claimed that 25 years ago was too long ago, tried to convict an elderly man in Philadelphia for a shooting that occurred over 40 years ago.
It's been several months since 74 year old William Barnes was acquitted in a murder trial stemming from the shooting of a cop in 1966. The DA had no problem spending thousands of dollars to try Barnes, 44 years later.
That proves, if anything can, that time wasn't an issue.
What made the case "un-prosecutable" to the judge and DA was who the killers were, as well as the identity of the killed. For the killers were cops (who donate thousands of dollars to their campaigns): and the killed were mostly Black, all money-poor, and members of the MOVE Organization.
So much for "equal justice under the law"!
Ramona Africa, the sole adult survivor of the Mother's Day Massacre (May 13, 1985), spent 7 years in prison for surviving the bombing; and when she argued to her jury that police and the politicians that commanded them should be on trial for bombing MOVE people, the prosecutor told jurors not to worry about that, for other judges and juries would determine their fates, on other dates, in other courtrooms.
It's been 25 years, and except for Ramona Africa, no one even remotely connected with this carnage, has ever seen the inside of a prison cell.
And now this new, offensive 'ruling': "Sorry, too late."
As ever, MOVE will rumble on.
(c) '10 maj