March 28, 2011
Leonard Weinglass, 77, a crusading lawyer who championed radical and liberal causes and clients in some of the most controversial trials of the 1960s and '70s, including the Chicago Seven and Pentagon Papers cases, died Wednesday of pancreatic cancer in New York. Mr. Weinglass developed a reputation as a firebrand during the Chicago Seven conspiracy case against anti-Vietnam War demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The defendants included Tom Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, and Jerry Rubin.
March 25, 2011 |
Leonard Weinglass was a modern-day Clarence Darrow, an attorney who defended people for their politics, not their alleged crimes, friends said. His clients included Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia cop-killer who sparked crusades against the death penalty. He also represented the Chicago Seven in the 1960s and the so-called Cuban Five in recent years. Weinglass died Wednesday in New York City. He was 77 and had pancreatic cancer. "I always considered Lenny the modern-day Clarence Darrow," said Michael Krinsky, a partner at Rabinowittz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky and Lieberman, where Weinglass worked.
September 6, 1995 |
Leonard Weinglass, the lead attorney in Mumia Abu-Jamal's death-sentence appeal, spent yesterday in a different role - as a witness in his client's lawsuit against the state prison system. Weinglass was called to testify about confidential legal mail he sent to his client in prison that was confiscated and copied by prison officials. Abu- Jamal, who is awaiting the death penalty for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, contends in his lawsuit that prison officials copied the mail, blocked media access to him, and lodged disciplinary charges against him in retaliation for his radio commentaries and book.
July 23, 1995 |
The image of Philadelphia justice plays a central role in the belief of thousands of people across the United States and the world that death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent and did not get a fair trial. The Philadelphia police who arrested him in 1981 had a reputation, acquired especially during the years in which Frank Rizzo was police commissioner and mayor, for toughness bordering on brutality. Even today, scores of drug convictions are being overturned because Philadelphia police officers planted evidence on innocent people, then lied about it in court.
March 7, 2001
Few felons are as concerned about their public image as Mumia Abu-Jamal. From his commencement speeches delivered by tape recorder to his on-line and on-air antics, Abu-Jamal has done about as much as a convicted murderer can do to control his public persona and his story of being a "victim. " Even to the point of firing his legal team. Abu-Jamal, who says he's innocent of the shooting death of Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, wants to replace attorneys Daniel Williams and Leonard Weinglass because Williams is publishing an "inside account" of the case.
October 27, 1999 |
Convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal gets another Christmas, thanks to a federal court order stopping his scheduled execution on Dec. 2. U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. yesterday stayed Abu-Jamal's date with lethal injection 13 days after it was ordered by Gov. Ridge. Abu-Jamal, 45, is on death row for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Yesterday's stay was expected. What happens next is lawyers for Abu-Jamal and the Philadelphia district attorney will file legal briefs with Yohn by Dec. 7. Yohn then will decide whether to hold hearings with witnesses or rule without hearings on federal issues raised by Abu-Jamal.
October 3, 1996 |
The second day of hearings in the Mumia Abu-Jamal murder case deteriorated into a daylong squabble between the judge and defense attorneys. Common Pleas Judge Albert F. Sabo spent much of yesterday challenging Abu-Jamal's lawyers, Leonard Weinglass and Daniel Williams. He refused to hear any objections and sided with the prosecutor on every issue. He often answered questions addressed to witnesses. And at one point, he called the testimony of a defense witness "baloney.
November 22, 2001 |
A Philadelphia judge turned aside yesterday a state court appeal for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted police killer and author who has become an international cause celebre for death-penalty opponents. Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Dembe ruled that the appeal filed in July by Abu-Jamal's new legal team did not fall within the deadlines set by the Pennsylvania legislature. She found that his appeal was not based on any new material facts discovered within the 60 days immediately before his petition was filed, as required by state law. Abu-Jamal, a former radio reporter, was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
October 14, 1999 |
Pennsylvania Gov. Ridge yesterday signed a new death warrant for controversial police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The warrant, the second that Ridge has signed for the state's most famous death-row inmate in the last four years, sets Abu-Jamal's execution date for Dec. 2. However, a new appeal that Abu-Jamal's attorneys said they will file in federal court tomorrow is expected to cause the court to stay the warrant. Abu-Jamal's attorneys said their appeal, which is only the latest in almost two decades of legal and political controversy surrounding the inmate, will allege 29 constitutional violations in Abu-Jamal's trial and appeal.
April 30, 1998 |
Mumia Abu-Jamal for U.S. Senate? Some members of New York's Green Party say they'd like to see the former radio journalist, who was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, run for office this year - from death row. On Tuesday, Mark Dunlea, the party's leader, sent a letter to New York state's Board of Elections asking whether Abu-Jamal, 43, can legally become the Greens' candidate against Sen. Alfonse D'Amato,...