[Ppnews] Angola 3 Update - Release on Bail Delayed & Herman Doing Fine
Political Prisoner News
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Wed Dec 3 17:39:43 EST 2008
International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
A few legal updates on Albert's bail, the State's upcoming 5th
Circuit appeal of Albert's overturned conviction, and the latest on
our friend Herman's recent health scare.
Albert's Release on Bail Delayed Again
State Secures 5th Circuit Court Temporary Stay on Release
Late last Wednesday, the State succeeded in convincing the 5th
Circuit Court to stay Brady's bail order. Albert's legal team had
till yesterday to respond. This means that Brady's release order is
frozen until the 5th Circuit looks at the State's objections and our
Our deftly argued, comprehensive 37 page response
concludes: Accordingly, as Mr. Woodfox has already spent every
minute of the last ten years in jail fighting a conviction that is
both unconstitutional and factually erroneous, he should not be
required to spend an additional year in jail just so the State can
pursue an appeal that it is not likely to win.
We expect a ruling in coming weeks. Sadly, all release preparations
are on hold till we see what the 5th Circuit says.
State's Upcoming 5th Circuit Appeal
Attempting to Undo Brady's Order to Overturn Albert's Conviction
Tomorrow, Thursday, December 4th, the State's appeal of Brady's
decision to overturn Albert's conviction is due to the 5th
Circuit. Our team then has 30 days to respond. If you want copies
of the legal filings, as always, just email me and I'll send them along.
Herman's Health Scare
He Reports He's Feeling Much Better
As many of you know, Herman collapsed during a visit with supporters
last Friday and was taken to the hospital. Since that time his
attorneys and many A3 supporters have struggled to find out how he is
doing. Visiting and phone rules for solitary are such that no one
was allowed to visit or talk with him until yesterday (including
attorneys), except for one brief emergency call to his sister on Saturday.
Even after seeing him we still are unsure why he lost consciousness
and are working to determine the cause. But for now, please know
that he is feeling much better and reports being well cared for,
despite being back in his cold dungeon cell.
I'm including his mailing address in case you want to send him a Get
Well card, or tell Albert we are waiting for him to join us in New
Orleans for the New Year.
A3 Campaign Coordinator
<mailto:odsllc at gmail.com>odsllc at gmail.com
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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