A writ of habeas corpus has been filed in federal court in the northern district of Georgia. Mutulu is seeking to reverse the 2002 determination made by parole hearing officer, Sam Shoquist, of the US Parole Commission that he would not be eligible for parole for 15 years. The defense team will argue the following points:
- Mutulu was entitled to a parole hearing in 1996 but was unable to file because the Bureau of Prisons moved him constantly during that period as well as withheld important discovery information.
- In the case of the 2002 parole application the hearing specialist engaged in a deception which resulted in important case information being withheld from our legal team.
Recently a US magistrate in the US District Court for Northern Georgia submitted a written order to the government requesting them to show cause within 30 days of receipt of the order, why Mutulu’s writ should not be granted. He further ordered that all available prior documents-pleadings, transcripts and decisions be included in their response.
Mutulu and 14 Others Released from Solitary Confinement on March 23rd, 2004
Mutulu was just released from solitary after 30 days. It is still not clear why he and 14 others were placed there. The problem centered on a poetry recital, which is being planned jointly by NCOBRA and the Georgia State College African Studies Department. Mutulu and the other prisoners had written poems and sent them to be read by spoken work artists at the event, which is to be a fundraiser for the organization Aid to Children of Incarcerated Mothers. The matter is still under investigation.