Even as he continues to fight to prove his innocence, the nation’s most famous death row inmate has penned a new book. “Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the USA” is about prison inmates who have taught themselves about the intricacies of the US justice system to fight for their freedom and the freedom of others.
Mumia describes his book: “This is the story of law learned, not in the ivory towers of multi-billion-dollar endowed universities [but] in the bowels of the slave-ship, in the hidden, dank dungeons of America … It is law learned in a stew of bitterness, under the constant threat of violence, in places where millions of people live, but millions of others wish to ignore or forget. It is law written with stubs of pencils, or with four-inch-long rubberized flex-pens, with grit, glimmerings of brilliance, and with clear knowledge that retaliation is right outside the cell door. It is a different perspective on the law, written from the bottom, with a faint hope that a right may be wronged, an injustice redressed. It is Hard Law.”
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