Start A Petition

NOLA Times-Picayune on Feb 3 Court Victory for Albert Woodfox, Cites Amnesty International's Response


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: abuse, americans, constitution, cover-up, crime, ethics, freedoms, GoodNews, goodnews, government, Govtfearmongering, healthcare, healthcare, housing, news, politics, usa, u.s., supremecourt, SupremeCourt )

Angola
- 1322 days ago - nola.com
Jasmine Heiss, a senior campaigner with Amnesty International USA, said Wednesday with another court decision in favor of Woodfox, she was "distressed to think that the authorities in Louisiana would take any more steps to keep (Woodfox) behind bars."



   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

Comments

fly bird (26)
Thursday February 5, 2015, 1:39 am
Angola 3 member Albert Woodfox, imprisoned in solitary for 40-plus years, gets another victory in court.
February 04, 2015

Albert Woodfox, the last imprisoned member of the Angola 3, garnered another victory in court this week in his quest to be freed after more than 40 years in solitary confinement.

A U.S. Appeals Court on Tuesday (Feb. 3) denied the Louisiana Attorney General's request for a full review of a decision by a three-judge panel, which rendered it in November, overturning Woodfox's conviction in the 1972 murder of a prison guard.

Woodfox and supporters of his maintain that he and two other members of the Angola 3, Robert King and the late Herman Wallace, were falsely accused and convicted in the slaying of 23-year-old Brent Millar at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Angola 3 supporters claim they were blamed for the murder for the purpose of silencing their prison activism.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell had asked for all of the active judges on the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to review the three-judge panel's decision, but the court denied the state's request. Woodfox's attorney George Kendall said of the up to 15 judges, none of them even requested to take a poll to consider if the full panel should review the decision.

Woodfox, 67, is currently being held in solitary at David Wade Correction Center.

The International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 believes the men essentially became political prisoners for organizing an official Black Panther Party chapter inside the prison, which led hunger strikes and other demonstrations opposing inhumane prison conditions. Those conditions, in the early 1970s, included continued segregation, corruption and "systematic prison rape," coalition manager Tory Pegram has said.

Originally from New Orleans, Woodfox first went to Angola on an armed robbery conviction.

The state could possibly request a review by the U.S. Supreme Court, which takes up only a small percentage of the thousands of submitted cases. Or the case will drop to the District Court level, at which the state has a certain amount of time to either release or re-indict Woodfox in the decades-old case.

Amnesty International, a major human rights organization, has called for Woodfox's release. The New York Times, too, penned an editorial following recent court developments calling solitary confinement of Woodfox "barbaric beyond measure."

The state, through Caldwell's office, however, has never wavered in its assertion that Woodfox murdered Miller and should remain behind bars. Caldwell reaffirmed the position in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon:

"While we are disappointed in the denial of a rehearing, this in no way changes the fact that two juries have found that inmate Albert Woodfox undeniably murdered Corrections Officer Brent Miller in 1972," the statement says. "We will continue to fight to ensure that he is held fully accountable for his actions."

Jasmine Heiss, a senior campaigner with Amnesty International USA, said Wednesday with another court decision in favor of Woodfox, she was "distressed to think that the authorities in Louisiana would take any more steps to keep (Woodfox) behind bars. She added, though, that she wouldn't be surprised if the attorney general blocked his release for as long as possible.

"It's time for the state of Louisiana to stop ... ignoring the wisdom of the courts and standing in the way of justice," she said.


Thank you, Angola, for this important news. This has to end!
Release Albert Woodcox, now!
 
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)


Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story


Loading Noted By...Please Wait

 


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in US Politics & Gov't





 
Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of Care2.com or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.