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Attorneys ask to overturn parole denial for 2 MOVE members

October 4, 2018

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 19, 2018, file photo, Debbie Africa becomes emotional during a news conference in Philadelphia. Africa, a member of the radical group MOVE, was released from prison in June 2018, nearly 40 years after the group engaged in a shootout that killed a Philadelphia police officer in 1978. Attorneys for two other members of MOVE, Janet Africa and Janine Africa, are asking a federal judge to overturn the denial of their parole requests. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Attorneys for two members of the radical group MOVE are asking a federal judge to overturn the denial of their parole requests.

The habeas petition filed this week claims the Pennsylvania parole board’s decision to deny parole in May for Janet Africa and Janine Africa was arbitrary and violated their due process rights. The board granted parole for Debbie Africa, who the attorneys say has a substantially similar record during the 40 years they’ve served in prison.

Nine MOVE members were convicted of third-degree murder in the 1978 death of officer James Ramp while police were evicting the group from its Philadelphia headquarters.

The petition says the parole board based its decision on whether the women expressed adequate remorse not on whether they would be a danger to the Commonwealth.

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