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20 Aug 2004
Modified: 03:52:26 AM
Former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member Jalil Muntaqim, who is one of the longest held political prisoners in the U.S. at over 31 years, was denied parole for the second time this past July. Read a letter by a support group with words by Jalil explaining what happened and what he would like people to do on his behalf.
Break The Chains
P.O. Box 12122
Eugene, OR 97440

July 31, 2004

Dear Friends,

Greetings, we hope this letter finds you well and in strong spirits. As many of you know, we have been working in support of the release of Jalil Muntaqim (aka Anthony Bottom), specifically around his July parole hearing. Many of you have received packets and/or letters from us regarding Jalil’s parole hearing and many of you wrote letters on Jalil’s behalf, urging the parole board to release him back to his community, and for this we thank you. We are writing to let people know what happened at the parole hearing on 7/27/04 and to see where we can go from here.

On July 27, 2004, Jalil had his second hearing before the parole board. Once again he was denied parole. Even though many of us expected this outcome, we are outraged and know we must continue to do all we can to ensure Jalil’s release. We encourage all those who care about justice, who fight against racism, and who understand the inherent corrupt nature of the U.S. criminal justice system, to do all they can in support of Jalil and all U.S. political prisoners.

Here is an excerpt from the most recent letter we have received from Jalil, dated the day of the hearing. In it, Jalil explains what happened and lays out what he would like people to do. It reads:

“As you may have already learned over the net, once again I was denied parole, rescheduled for the next appearance for 7/27/06. The denial read as follows:


Upon a review of the record, personal interview and due deliberation it is the determination of the panel that parole is denied. You are presently incarcerated upon your conviction of murder, by verdict, you and 2 cohorts ambushed and gunned down 2 New York City Police Officers, killing both. Your criminal justice history also includes California and Federal felony convictions. The panel has considered your programming and clean disciplinary record since your last board appearance. Also considered is a comprehensive submission advocating for your release. All factors considered, the panel concludes that discretionary release must again be denied. You committed a vicious and particularly violent crime evidencing a callous disregard for the sanctity of human life. Your proclivity towards weapon related criminality lends further support to the panel’s conclusion that you lack suitability for release to the community. You destroyed 2 lives denying children of their fathers and wives of their husbands and release at this time would deprecate the severity of your conduct, undermine respect for the law and tend to trivialize the tragic loss of life which you caused.’

“This boilerplate decision essentially holds that the nature of the crime, in and of itself - of which will never change due to the conviction, prohibits my release on parole. Basically, this is the same reason for the last denial.

At any rate, I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all supporters, especially those who wrote letters to the parole board in my behalf. However, I will be appealing this denial, and in preparation of my appeal I would urge all those who wrote letters in my behalf to write a second letter to the Chairman of NYS Div. of Parole, stating the following:

‘Based on the unjust denial of parole on July 27, 2004, for Anthony Jalil Bottom, and pursuant to NYS Div. of Parole Policy and procedure Manual - Item 8355.00, I request a FULL BOARD CASE REVIEW. In the parole denial it was stated that, “…the panels conclusion that you lack suitability for release to the community.” However, the parole panel has disregarded the fact over 200 letters in support of Mr. Bottom’s release was submitted to the parole board. The parole board failed to take in consideration that the conviction is based upon established perjured testimony, and the weapon Mr. Bottom was alleged to have used in this case has turned out to not have been the actual murder weapon. Based on these facts, I ask for a Full Board Case Review of the July 27, 2004 parole denial of Anthony Jalil Bottom.’

“If at all possible, I ask that this be post on the internet and people be encouraged to write and send this letter to: Richard Dennison, Chairman of NYS Div. of Parole, 97 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

Also, in this posting, I ask that people log on to and learn how they can participate and contribute to the Jericho campaign to collect school supplies for African AIDS orphans in support of U.S. political prisoners.

Please extend my very best regards to the righteous at heart with you. The struggle continues…

Yours in struggle -


Again, we thank you all who have written letters in support of Jalil and who have spread the word. Please keep doing so. We will continue to keep in touch and work with Jalil in support of his release. Please pass this on.

In solidarity and struggle,

Break The Chains

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If he were PATTY HEARST...
20 Aug 2004
Corporate America is keeping every political prisoner behind bars. Less voice. Less problems. (Bush is doing his part.)
Show the man. WE'RE THE BOSS!
Political Prisoner ???
20 Aug 2004
Political prisoner....??? He committed double murder !!!!