Attorneys ask to overturn parole denial for 2 MOVE members
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.