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Cancer-Stricken Angola 3 Prisoner Herman Wallace Given Just Days to Live After 42 Years in Solitary


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- 353 days ago - democracynow.org
Angola prisoner Herman Wallace is dying of liver cancer after 42 years in solitary confinement. A member of the so-called Angola Three, Wallace and two others were in jail for armed robbery ..



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Just Carole (338)
Monday September 30, 2013, 12:56 pm

 
 
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ACTION:
 
End the nightmare. Free Herman Wallace!
 
 
 

Lisa Neste (699)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:29 pm
Thank you for taking action! Thanks Carole.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:30 pm

This action has already been taken by you before. I am fairly certain I have signed all petitions and written letters asking for his release. If this is justice, I would hate to think what injustice might look like.
Thanks Carole.
 

Yvette S. (31)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:33 pm
Noted and Carole signed petition
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:37 pm

Kit, I must shake my head, shed a few tears for humanity (inhumanity) and revisit my calendar, to verify that this is even still a fact in 2013.

Yeah, and I've signed everything presented to me as well.

How many more of these cases will be ignored? (And how many are we unaware of?)

 

JL A. (275)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:41 pm
How many times do they have to be told they are in violation of human rights laws? Signed yet again
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:42 pm

Just let this man live his few remaining days with friends and loved ones.

What POSSIBLE THREAT could he be now???

 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:43 pm
Thx Carole for posting this , bringing us the sad news that after all of our efforts he still might die in confinement after all. I,too have signed ALL petitions and emailed Gov. Jindal more than once for compassionate release. It's just a heartbreak-and unprecidented !
(I fear the same fate may wait for Lynne Stewart as all our petitions did not make a difference so far. Just had another call to action from husband Paynter few days ago)
 

Pat B. (354)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:46 pm
Amnesty International
This action has already been taken by you before.
This is just so, so sad....geesh, give the man compassionate release to be with loved ones, and family!! This is just heartbreaking. Thanks, Carole.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:49 pm
I often think about Herman and all the others, incl. the gitmo detainees and also have been checking Angola's page now and then..there isn't any update about this tragic turn for worse of Herman's condition.. Good on Amy to have picked up this tragic case.
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:50 pm
What a sad and cruel fate has been foisted upon this man. I signed the petition, although it's too late for Herman and too soon for the powers that be in Louisiana. This country is losing its humanity in larger measure even than it is gaining its disproportionate wealth for the business classes. Too bad it's not the reverse so that money has taken a back seat to compassion. Fat chance in America now! If anyone learns how to get a view of "Herman's House" documentary, please let me know. (I'll be searching the web when I get finished here, too.) Thanks, Carole. I'm hoping that the more people see how idiotic America is behaving as regards human rights, the more we'll be willing to vote the bastards out of office who do such things as hold people in solitary confinement for years on end or who hold all of us hostage by not funding our government's business. When are we going to get smart enough to vote these jerks out of office???!!!
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:53 pm
So ridiculous - makes a body ashamed to be a human. Signed
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:02 pm

Yes, Caitlin. I really cannot comprehend this allegiance, from those most in need of assistance, to a party that turns its back on those who've been loyal -- in spite of being disregarded by the so-called "representatives" they elected in return.

I've argued the case many times; but seem to be responded to with blank stares and/or anger.

(Poisoned Kool-Aid or Mountain Dew? Lack of Reading Comprehension? Self-Anger?)

I dunno.



 

jess b (24)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:01 pm
I signed and hope tay it will help make a difference. I signed others and this has gone too far.
42 years in solitary confinement and behind bars is absolute torture. It is a nightmare and I don't knowhow anyone can survive it.
It is slow death and an abomination.
I hope for a miracle for Herman Wallace and Lynne Stewart. They have suffered for too long, unnecessarily slow, painful torment.
It just makes no sense and is appalling.
It was a miracle that Nelson Mandela survived.
 

Naoko I. (262)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:29 pm
Being 42 years alone...so cruel!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:40 pm
Signed and shared, thanks Carole. This is beyond cruel...it's sadistic.
 

Aurea Walker (201)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:50 pm
S & N everyone's post are so eloquent, caring and thoughtful. I will humbly just ditto. And truly will pray that Louisiana will have some compassion. Regardless of Mr. Wallace's actions, 42 years in solitary confinement is truly beyond the pale.
 

Lyn Z. (293)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:52 pm
Noted & Signed again. Thanks Carole.
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Monday September 30, 2013, 5:42 pm
Horrid. Solitary confinement is inhumane and should be abolished. This petition and a several others signed 4 this poor mans release--still waiting on a response. Thanks Carole
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:02 pm
Thank you for adding your support to help Herman Wallace; I've already signed this petition as well as others. Angelika, Jill, David, Nancy, myself, and others have been doing what we can to promote Herman Wallace on here and forward petitions.

This sickens the heart, no human being should be in solitary for this many years and at this point it's beyond cruel. This Country gives fine speeches to others around the world about Human Rights and such, while it tortures, neglects, and promotes the most horrendous forms of punishment upon it's own citizens as well as non citizens.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:07 pm

"This Country gives fine speeches to others around the world about Human Rights and such, while it tortures, neglects, and promotes the most horrendous forms of punishment upon it's own citizens as well as non citizens."

Truth!
 

Erin R. (169)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:34 pm
n & s
 

Michael Carney (209)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:54 pm
Noted and signed...I just have to shake my head when I hear the United States Government lecture other Countries about Human Rights...Our Government are just a bunch of hypocrites...
 

AniMae Chi (407)
Monday September 30, 2013, 9:55 pm
It's an empty, helpless & depressing state not being able to help Herman Wallace, Gregory Bartholomew & the multitudes of lives that are this moment suffering behind bars

This action has already been taken by you before.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (383)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:40 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting Carole. This is very sad to say the least and he must be freed!
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:03 pm
I have already signed too I find this tragic
 

caroline s. (80)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:20 pm
This is a nightmare...
 

Frans Badenhorst (552)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:29 pm
this is one of the most tragic lives I've ever heard of......that poor man....
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:46 pm
noted and signed Aİ action
 

Franck R. (51)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:56 pm
Noted & Signed
 

Trina Hawkins (24)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:56 am
Noted and Signed about a month ago ! Just Heart Breaking that anyone should have to Suffer like this ! So many people have Suffered and Died in Prison,and the people who run these prisons don't even care ! It's all about Money as usual ! More criminals,more Money ! If they didn't Kill or Rape anyone then they should be Pardoned,after being LOCKED UP so LONG,what's a few months of FREEDOM to Die in Peace with Loved ones ? :(
 

jess b (24)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 1:35 am

http://solitarywatch.com

 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:06 am
Signed before, when I posted the Amnesty petition back in July of this year. As Dandelion says, several others have sought to publicize Herman's tragic situation & get signatures in support of his release on compassionate grounds.

I, too, thank you, Carole, for posting the DN! program devoted to Herman Wallace & re-launching the Amnesty petition.

When I saw this DN! program on Monday, I thought: My god! All those signatures have done nothing to gain his much-deserved release for the short time he has left to live.

He should never have been imprisoned in solitary for all these years. It's an injustice & a tragedy beyond words. The Angola 3 have been political prisoners - their original sentences (for robbery) were served years ago, but they were singled out, "framed," and wrongfully convicted of a prison guard's murder, simply because they were politicized African-Americans, organizing a chapter of the Black Panthers at the prison: they were placed in solitary from that day on, as punishment.

Louisiana sure don't tolerate 'uppity Negroes' in their prison system! Louisiana is even worse than Texas, if that is possible!

From the PBS POV update on 'Herman's House,' the documentary film that Amy Goodman first says 'has just premiered' on the channel, but later says it was this past summer, in July):
"As of May 2013, Herman’s murder conviction is currently under Federal Court scrutiny after a State Judicial Commissioner recommended reversing his conviction based on new, compelling evidence which exposed prosecutorial misconduct and constitutional violations.

Separately, over a decade ago Herman, Albert Woodfox and Robert King (often referred to as the Angola 3) filed a civil lawsuit challenging the inhumane and increasingly pervasive practice of long-term solitary confinement. Magistrate Judge Dalby describes their almost four decades of solitary as “durations so far beyond the pale” she could not find “anything even remotely comparable in the annals of American jurisprudence.”

The case, which is scheduled to go to trial in June 2014, will detail unconstitutionally cruel and unusual treatment and systematic due process violations at the hands of Louisiana officials. ..."

My July post is interesting because of the links (in the comments section) to different pages of the 'Herman's House' site, devoted to a project that Jackie Sumell, a New Orleans-based artist, has developed with Herman over more than ten years. She's one of the guests on the part of DN!'s program that you've posted.

Also, for this other petition: the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) - End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now

The same day that DN! held the part of the program you've posted here, Carole, they began the show with "Freed by DNA, Angola Prisoner Henry James on His 30 Years Behind Bars for Crime He Didn’t Commit", and this introduction:

"We broadcast from New Orleans, Louisiana, the heart of THE WORLD’S PRISON CAPITAL, where more people are behind bars any other state per capita — an INCARCERATION RATE 13 TIMES that of CHINA. (!!) Louisiana also ranks among the HIGHEST iIN THE COUNTRY in terms of the number of people per capita who are EXONERATED after serving years in prison for crimes they DID NOT commit."

Henry James had been "the longest-serving prisoner to be exonerated in Louisiana. (He) spent 30 years in the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola prison, on a life sentence without parole for rape." .../... "At the trial, the prosecution never told the jury that serology testing, blood testing, from the rape kit EXCLUDED Henry James as the perpetrator. James’ own defense attorney FAILED TO USE this evidence to free his client even as James maintained his innocence and THREE alibi witnesses supported his testimony that he had been asleep at home at the time of the crime. ..."

Also joining in this discussion is Emily Maw, director of Innocence Project New Orleans, which helped win Henry James's exoneration.

This is well worth the watch, too!
 

Vivien Green (150)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:02 am
Thank you Carol signed and shared on FB
 

Arild Warud (165)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:09 am
Signed,TY "C".
 

John S. (303)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:16 am
Noted.
 

Ben Oscarsito (338)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:08 am
Done!
http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=520059
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 6:31 am
I had sent out a message back in July leading to the free viewing of Herman's House up through August 7th. Now one can order the DVD at the link below and I believe it is being seen on Netflex as well. Perhaps your library may have a copy to check out.
Trailer and where to order Herman's House
 

Just Carole (338)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 8:21 am

Thanks for that information and answering Caitlin's question, Sheryl.

I had done several searches after she asked, but could not find anything but trailers and interviews.



 

Just Carole (338)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 8:31 am

Like others here, I have kept up with the plight of the Angola 3. And, I am grateful for my many friends here, who are active in enlightening others as to the many wrongs committed to humans and animals. We do what we can because our consciences will NEVER FORGIVE us for being silent once we are made aware of the truth. (I guess it's in our DNA's.)

While I must reluctantly accept the inevitability of Herman's passing -- without receiving justice -- it strengthens my resolve to know that we all helped to make others AWARE.

With that small comfort, I wish his family and friends strength. The battle continues for others wrongfully subjected to these Draconian (and unjustly applied) measures of "punishment."

 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:51 pm
Thanks, Carole. Signed; this and every other I could get -- the one at the Petition Site might still be active. What a travesty of justice system and mock of every granted civic right this case is. Sadly, as some commented here, this is far from a single excess.

BTW, Angola Three is a member of care2 and my friend. They used to post about this case here; last time about a year ago.


 

Just Carole (338)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:59 pm
 
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL NEWS:
 
BREAKING: Herman Wallace of the Angola 3 Has Conviction Overturned and Immediate Release Ordered!
 
 
 

Jelica R. (157)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 1:13 pm
Didn't see your comment, Carole. Well, good news are never obsolete. Let it roll
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:45 pm
I signed, this is just plain cruelty to leave this man die like this, God will punish those responsible for this injustice in the end time. Thanks Carole.
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:51 pm
Thank You, Carole~~
 

Just Carole (338)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 3:54 pm

Unfortunately, the happiness has been very short-lived:

BREAKING: Guardian Reports That LA Authorities Will Not Release Herman Wallace Despite Court Order
 
 
 

Angelika R. (143)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 4:51 pm
Thanks for adding the latest developments here, Carole. As Henriette is just now forwarding this post I was checking and ready to update myself so newcomers would be informed,-of course you were faster.
 

Roshani S. (80)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:37 pm
Signed... Thanks sister Carole and Henriette for forwarding.
 

Stuart Thomas (508)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:57 pm
Noted, signed, and submitted. WHAT A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE!!!!!

thank you for the posting Just carole and thank you for the alert, Henriette.
 

Stuart Thomas (508)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 10:58 pm
Oooops. Sorry. I should have written Just Carole.
 

Stuart Thomas (508)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 11:12 pm
I just found this write-up on Google News:
MiamiHerald.com
Dying La. inmate ordered released after 41 years in solitary; conviction ...
Fox News - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW ORLEANS - A 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was ordered released Tuesday by a federal judge who also ordered a new trial because women were unconstitutionally excluded from ...
 

Ana R (220)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:59 am
Done!...
Thank you, Carole & Henriette!
 

Irene M. (70)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:49 pm
Breaking: Herman Wallace Released from Prison After Being Held in Solitary For 40+ Years
 

Just Carole (338)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:55 pm

Yes, it's joyful day.

Please see the most recent news posting by Angola 3:

Free At Last! Herman Wallace Has Finally Been Released (Watch Democracy Now! and More)

 

Just Carole (338)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:29 am

Sadly, Herman has finally found eternal peace:

 
Herman Wallace dies after release from 41 years in solitary
 
"Herman Wallace, 71, died on Friday morning, his lawyer told the BBC.
 
He was freed after a federal judge ruled his 1974 murder conviction violated his right to a fair trial.
 
Wallace, one of the so-called Angola Three convicted in the murder of a prison guard, was diagnosed with cancer this year. He had maintained his innocence until his death.
 
"He passed away early this morning among people who cared for him very much," Wallace's lawyer, George Kendall, told the BBC.
 
[See article for more details]
 
 
 

Jelica R. (157)
Friday October 4, 2013, 5:02 pm
So sad... while trying to express my feelings right now, I keep thinking that Herman Wallace's life is worthy of a storyteller in league of the best classic Greek tragedy authors like Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.

RIP, Herman.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:51 am
So sad, so sad.

A wonderful spirit that couldn't be broken by all the retrograde forces of Louisiana combined. A man who embodied dignity, integrity & resistance to the end!

No one should ever have to be subjected to such injustice! But I feel that Herman rose above it & kept his goodness & his wisdom intact.

Great insight, Jelica! I agree.

Dear Herman, RIP.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (80)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:08 am
Forgot to say:

Support 'the Innocence Project' : I wrote - "No one should ever have to be subjected to such injustice!," but it is still happening, the injustice of wrongful conviction is ONGOING! Throughout the US, men are serving time for crimes they didn't commit & the Innocence Project is working for their release & their exoneration EVERY DAY!

"There have been 311 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. These stories are becoming more familiar as more innocent people gain their freedom through postconviction testing. They are not proof, however, that our system is righting itself." "About 70 percent of those exonerated by DNA testing are people of color."
 

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Saturday November 9, 2013, 6:24 pm
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