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Amnesty Intl. Action Alert: Drop the Vengeance! Free Albert Woodfox! (Oral Arguments Tuesday)

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On Jan. 7, the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans will hold a hearing to determine Albert's fate. Will they finally act on the 2013 ruling that overturned his conviction and set him free, or shut the door and send him back to another unthinkable year in....


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Sheila D (194)
Friday January 3, 2014, 9:59 am
Signed earlier, noted now. Thanks.

Angola T (397)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:00 am
This is the full text of today's action alert:


This could be the end of Albert Woodfox's 40-year plus prison nightmare, if you act now.

On Tuesday morning, Jan. 7, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans will hold a hearing to determine Albert's fate. Will they finally act on the 2013 ruling that overturned his conviction and set him free, or shut the door and send him back to another unthinkable year in solitary confinement?

Federal courts have overturned Albert's conviction 3 times. The state of Louisiana has appealed 3 times.

Enough is enough.

Tell the state of Louisiana to end its campaign of vengeance and let Albert go.

Nothing can justify the cruel treatment that Louisiana authorities have inflicted on Albert, one of the famed Angola 3 prisoners.

For decades, the authorities have punished Albert with solitary confinement. He's survived 40 years living in a tiny cell for 23 hours a day, denied meaningful human contact and rehabilitation.

In a deeply flawed verdict, Albert was convicted of murder even though no physical evidence ties him to the crime, the state lost potentially exculpatory evidence, and authorities bribed their key witness.

Albert maintains he was put in solitary confinement in retaliation for organizing prisoners against segregation and other abuses in Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as "Angola".

It's simply unconscionable for the state to hold this man one day longer.

Please help Amnesty International demand freedom for Albert Woodfox.

Please take action before the Jan. 7 hearing.

Thanks for standing by Albert, and for all you do to defend human dignity for all.


Jasmine Heiss
Campaigner, Individuals and Communities at Risk
Amnesty International USA

Past Member (0)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:04 am
Signed earlier-thx Angola

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:08 am
Thx Angola -and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! Already signed from email and also posted here myself.

Angola T (397)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:13 am

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday's morning session beginning at 9am in the En Banc Courtroom (room 209 of the 5th Circuit at 600 Camp Street in New Orleans) and is open to the public.

The oral argument itself is a very short and formal process. Each side will make a short 20 min presentation and then the judges will ask questions for no more than a few hours.

Although last time we waited more than 15 months, decisions are usually issued in less than half that time, and we are hopeful that Albert will know his fate sooner than later this time around.

For those of you who were with us in March of 2009 when Albert's second overturned conviction appeal was heard, you may remember that the US Court of Appeals has very strict rules. Here is a reminder of what to expect if you do plan on attending:

1. The courtroom only holds 50 people on a first come, first serve basis, so although the argument may not start right at 9am, it's a good idea to get there early in the morning to make sure you get a seat.

2. No buttons, T-shirts or signs of any kind are allowed inside the courthouse.

3. Dress formally and expect to be searched. No cellphones or electronic devices of any kind are allowed.

4. Finally, Federal Marshals are allowed to remove spectators for even the most minor of perceived slights or disruptions. So please be extra careful to not talk, whisper, or communicate with each other once you step foot in the courtroom.

Kit B (276)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:28 am

Petition signed - Thank you for taking action! There's more you can do. -- donation made.

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 3, 2014, 10:39 am
Hope many will show up for the hearing-wish I could go, thx for the info!

fly bird (26)
Friday January 3, 2014, 11:12 am
signed earlier. May justice prevail.

Animae C (507)
Friday January 3, 2014, 2:06 pm
Signed from email with HOPE!

Ben O (135)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 7:42 am
Signed yesterday...

Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 7:22 am
I am pleased to see that my post for this hit the front page so both of our submissions should generate a good number of additional signatures.. let's keep hoping for Albert .
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