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

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After a long, dramatic day, we are humbled to report that last nite, the indomitable, irrepressible Herman Wallace has just been released after spending over 4 decades in solitary confinement. Herman was driven away from the prison a free man, awake and..


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Angola T (397)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:45 pm
Thanks everyone for your support in 'noting' our two stories posted yesterday as this story progressed! Below is the full statement we released last night:

After a long, dramatic day, we are humbled to report that the indomitable, irrepressible Herman Wallace has just been released after spending over 4 decades in solitary confinement.

Even after Judge Jackson's late evening ruling denying the State's attempt at a stay and again ordering his immediate release, the State continued to stall. Once notified of the continued delay, Judge Jackson stoically refused to leave his quarters until Herman was released, and just minutes ago, Herman was driven away from the prison a free man, awake and able to revel in this miraculous turn of events.

The State will likely still appeal to the 5th Circuit and attempt to have the order reversed, and may even re-indict him, but it seems that Herman, against all odds, has won.

Despite all the exciting drama of the day, this is obviously a deeply bittersweet moment for all those involved in the campaign as we know Herman may not have much longer amongst us, but thanks to the unwavering commitment to justice that those on this list have demonstrated over the years on A3's behalf, he will not die in prison behind solitary bars.

Now we must resolve collectively to harness this rediscovered energy and excitement and dedicate ourselves to getting Albert the same result without delay.

If you happen to be in New Orleans, supporters are holding a vigil tonight starting in just a few moments at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate this incredible news. Coliseum Square was the original location, but it has been changed to LSU, outside the hospital emergency room, at 2021 Perdido St New Orleans, LA 70112.

With awe, bewilderment, and a renewed optimism, we will keep supporters updated.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:52 pm

I'm so happy you posted this, yourself.

Although the ordeal of seeing this end result came from a real emotional ride, I guess it's only fitting that Herman win his freedom with the same resolve and fight the Angola 3 have demonstrated for decades.

My props to you all!


Angelika R (143)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:55 pm
thank you! I already studied your blog earlier, read and watched all incl. all media coverage(of which I found the NYT the poorest, btw). Thx again for keeping us updated and all the great work you've been doing over the years, keep it up until Albert is out!

Angola T (397)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:59 pm
Thank you Carole and Angelika!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:13 pm

Wow! This has been a roller-coaster ride. My wish is that he out foxes the doctors and has a few years to feel freedom. I sincerely thank you so much for keeping us up up to date. This wonderful news for all of us who have hoped for this day, but the best of all possible news for Herman.

Elle B (84)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:18 pm
Ty Angola and "C" ! . . .

Was following up on this from yesterday's posts...making concerned calls to officials. ..when i learned the news. . .one of those rare times i'm glad to have "egg all over my face!" :) [NOTE: still making those calls...just have the updates!}


Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:23 pm
I am still listening to Democracy Now as I type this. Thank you for posting the blog link on the other news story and Carole for the direction to this new post. I'm glad Herman Wallace at least knew he was released and now I know he has taken a turn for the worse. It is in the hands of the Doctors now and of our Creator so we must keep our positive thoughts going. It would of been wonderful had he been released a lot sooner, but we deal with the fact that is. As I join in with others asking for a miracle for Herman to live without pain but to get a bit more time in life to feel his freedom. I express gratitude that he at least knew he was out of that hellhole and a free man finally.

Jim P (3247)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 2:52 pm
For more information, video & story, visit Amy Goodman's link in Democracy Now:

Glad Herman is free...

Herman should have been given compassionate leave months ago.

Ty, Angola T.

Animae C (507)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:27 pm
BLESSINGS to Judge Jackson & to Herman may he recover & enjoy his FREEDOM!

i'll be at the vigil in spirit.

Thank you Just Carole for forwarding.

Angola T (397)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:40 pm
Thanks everyone!
To be clear, this release was from last night, so the vigil already happened.
We will be posting all the latest news and updates at, where news stories are being compiled.

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Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:45 pm

Barbara T (431)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 3:46 pm
The State didn't release him because they WANTED to torture him to MAKE AN EXAMPLE of him to TERRORIZE the rest of us into Obedient Submissiveness to any Scheiss they want to pull on us. Especially the Black Community ,and Young People, I have to say it.

"Once notified of the continued delay, Judge Jackson stoically refused to leave his quarters until Herman was released".
KUDOS to this Judge! If Judge Jackson hadn't stuck to his guns, I bet Herman would STILL be incarcerated... This is doing his job RIGHTLY. He deserves all praise...

What an up-and-down thing it's been. THANK YOU for posting and for notifying me of every twist...

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 4:46 pm
thank you for the "Heads up" Carol.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 4:53 pm

Believe me when I say that my message to you all was sent with extreme pleasure (for a much-needed change).


SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:47 pm
Good news. Surprised everytime I read about a good judge these days. Noted and shared!

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 5:52 pm
Thank you so very much Angola3 for everything you have done for Herman and are continuing to do for Albert. I am so sorry to hear that Herman has taken a turn for the worse. I join the circle of all who are praying for Herman so that he may outwit the doctors and gain some more time to truly let this new freedom sink in. I can only imagine the yo-yo emotions that you are all experiencing and you have my deepest respect for this wonderful victory and for all of the tireless work and devotion you have given to the Angola3. Bless you and bless Herman Wallace.

Susanne R (236)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:42 pm
I found a link to a petition against the use of prolonged solitary confinement on the website "The House that Herman Built." I'm adding the link with hope that others will sign, in honor of Herman, so that others might be spared the same inhumane treatment to which he was subjected.

End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now

Blessings to Herman. Like everyone else, I hope he beats the odds and is able to enjoy his freedom. If he doesn't, I'm glad that he'll die a free man. Thank you, Angola Three, for keeping Herman's story alive for such a long time!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 6:53 pm

Thank you so much for the link to the petition, Susanne!

(Signed, of course.)


Angola T (397)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:24 pm
Thanks again everyone. This new BBC News Magazine article is very touching

And, we'll continue to compile the wide range of media coverage from the last day at and at a somewhat slower frequency at out twitter page

Angola T (397)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 8:25 pm
For anti-solitary petitions, you can also sign this one to CA gov Brown


Michael C (217)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 9:40 pm
Noted with extreme happiness...Thanks Carole, and thanks to the Angola Three for not ever giving up...

P A (117)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 12:57 am
Blessings on all who fight against this inhumane treatment!

Irene S (69)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 2:01 am
Solitary confinement is torture. It´s a shame, he had to be near death to be free at last. Hope, he has a few happy weeks!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 2:37 am
Happy news,thanks Angola.

Ben O (140)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 4:48 am
Great! (Good news are hard to find these days...)
Here's a link to the MoveOn petition "Stop the abuse of solitary confinement"

Lona G (67)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:30 am
Happy, but also sad news now that Herman has taken a turn for the worse. I hope he has the strength to live a little longer in freedom.
Kudos to the judge who persisted in getting Herman released. Thank goodness he did and he wasn't too late.

ewoud k (68)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:55 am
It was about time to set him free.

Wishing him strength

Angelika R (143)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 7:26 am
I see the list of international media coverage has grown enormously, thx again for making it available to us! I am pleased to see that even our much respected German paper "die Welt" contributed a quite extended article.
As for the petitions, I've signed them all quite some time ago, most have also been posted before and the NRCAT link from Susanne has been permanently posted on the A3 News website as well.

Ruth M (235)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 9:10 am
Thanks for sharing Dandelion

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 10:06 am
What a wonderful result...whether lasting for hours, days, or years. I do hope Mr. Wallace breathes free from now on. Thanks to those who have stood by him and provided the support he needed to get to this point. Namasté.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 11:58 am
My deepest respect to Judge for his insistence to implement the release of Mr. Wallace. I pray to Allah to give Wallace the strength to fight the cancer,overcome it , live and enjoy a part of his life as a free man.
The two petitions against solitary confinement>
Congratulations for ALL who stood on on the side of Wallace.

Lynn S (235)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 1:45 pm
What a judge! I am so accustomed to reading about American judges that have no sense of decency (or seemingly the law too!) that this was a bit of a shock. The judge took a stand for true justice, and for that I salute him. My fervent wish is for Herman Wallace to gain a measure of peace from his new found freedom.

Signed the petition in Susanne`s comment.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 4:59 pm
Thank you Greatly for this news Angola! Much Gratitude to Dandelion for the fwd. Signing SuSanne's petition this very moment. To all those who acknowledged the decency (?), respect or acknowledgement of the Judge...I agree!

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 5:04 pm
Thank you for adding your voice to the call to end prolonged solitary confinement.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:31 pm
Noted. Thank you for posting this info, Angola.....and Dandelion for the link. Already signed the petition Susanne R. posted, signed the one posted by Ben, too. Thank you both.

Animae C (507)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:42 pm
Stop the abuse of solitary confinement!

Animae C (507)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:44 pm
End Prolonged Solitary Confinement Now

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 9:05 pm
Signed too

Judy C (91)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 10:02 pm
FINALLY! Good news is indeed precious and rare these days. Thank you to all who kept this effort going, and everyone who backed up the struggle of Herman. Thanks to the steadfast Judge Jackson. Thank you Carole, and I will sign the petitions. Solitary confinement is evil, and must be ended. Congratulations to the Angola 3! Now Albert must be free!

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:00 am

Angola 3 member Herman Wallace passes away quietly in his sleep, friends say

But he died a free man at least and let's assume with peace of mind. RIP Herman.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:10 am

Yes, Angie. I just read that too.

At least, he was able to reunite with loved ones and enjoy a brief taste of freedom.


Angelika R (143)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:14 am
My condolences to his family and friends and all who cared for and about him ! What a sad and tragic sudden turn, even if not unexpected.

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 4, 2013, 8:16 am
Yes Carole, and the warmth of a loving human touch from those close to him

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 4, 2013, 9:59 am
To give you another example of the outrageous injustice in LA, read this also:
A Dying Herman Wallace Reindicted Just Days After Release?
Eternal SHAME on this DA- and what a needless, ridiculous, useless move now, anyway...solely political.

Gary L (138)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:09 am
thanks to all when I was in the navy and visiting my brother who was stationed in Tampa Fla. I got a taste of the old Souths form of so-called justice when they arrest me my brother and our friend for doing 35 in a 30 mph zone we reluctantly paid the fine and when we got back to new york made an inquiry about the fine ,guess what no record of the fine and these so-called law officers were then and are still a disgrace to America

Sheryl G (360)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:38 am
It would appear my original comment of condolences has been cleared off of C2. I didn't save it. It should be with the Angola 3 on their messages. If they would be so kind to copy it and place it back here I'd be most grateful. I had also copied the statement and placed it on your most recent story but I see it is gone there as well.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:48 am
Gary, I had a similar thing happen to me in Florida back in the early 70's. It was my dream to go to Disneyland as a child and that was never possible for my family to go all the way from New England to the west coast. However when Disney made their park in Florida I saved my money and then drove down here with a friend to fulfill that dream of mine, I was 19 at the time, still felt like a kid in my heart.

We got almost to the Disney Parks, when we were stopped for something similar. One of those speed traps. When the Officers came up we were given a choice, have the car towed away and sent to jail or pay the fine right away. Being that we were both barely adults, I still questioned why such a small amount over the speed limit would cause the car to be towed and us jailed. We were told, look Yankee this is the way it's done here. I said what is the fine, he said pull out your money. He took it all except for a tank of gas and suggested that we turn the car around and get out of the State. So much for a dream fulfilled and then the nightmare began.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:52 am
Thank you Carole, just saw you found it and added it back on. I so appreciate that. It disappear from this thread as well as the other thread, as I knew I had copied it and added to the newest offering. Both places it was gone. A green star coming your way my dear.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:58 am
Ok, it's obvious that C2 has the Angola live link website as something to remove. Pre-programmed in. Why else. I did copy what you left Carole before it was removed and saved it. So I'm adding it back on without the hotlink. I think we found out we can't be too political with hotlinks I guess.


Anyone lucky enough to have spent any time with Herman knows that his indomitable spirit will live on through his work and the example he left behind. May each of us aspire to be as dedicated to something as Herman was to life, and to justice.

Aho! This was part of the statement left on the Angola 3 website. If anyone would like to read what was placed there please go to the hot link below. NO CAN DO OBVIOUSLY.

RIP Herman Wallace, all that you had endured for so long is now behind you. I'm so delighted that you knew in your heart and mind you were free and would die a free man. It was short, but you knew. Now you are truly free from all that binds us here upon this Earth.

My sincere condolences to his friends and family and the supporters who did their best over the years to help Herman Wallace. I'm sure from all I've read and watched it was a two way street for even behind bars, even in solitary, he still managed to touch people's hearts. That says a lot for the man, imagine if he was given the opportunity in life to have used his talents and compassion on the outside. We will never know, but he still has left a legacy that many with freedom never aspire to.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday October 4, 2013, 10:59 am

Well, it disappeared again, Sheryl.

I reposted one of mine that *poofed* but did not use a hotlink. I'll see it stays. (Sometimes Care2's censors are set too sensitive to hotlinks in order to stop spam.)


Sheryl G (360)
Friday October 4, 2013, 12:02 pm
That is true, but I see that Ben's and Angelika's hot links are there......just saying. Thanks again.

Angelika R (143)
Friday October 4, 2013, 3:38 pm
Ben's and both of my hotlinks did not contain that "suspicious" word(name), Sheryl. that is my best guess for censorship..

Sherri G (128)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 1:06 am
TY Angola 3 and for the link Dandelion and Suzanne for the petition Signed and Noted.

Devon Leonard (54)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:01 pm
Ohhhhh I'm thankful that he was released at last... I'm praying everyday that Leonard Peltier is released and can go home too.....

Ann Welton (230)
Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:56 pm
RIP Herman. Thank you Angola3 for posting. Signed all petitions and forwarded to facebook.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:16 pm
Im a bit late getting to this..Im glad Herman was free at last but damn them for doing it a few days before he passed. I just reread his story and am APPALLED at how no one is being held responsible for these horrific examples of injustice. 41 years in solitary is UNACCEPTABLE.
both petitions signed
RIP Herman
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