[Ppnews] Albert Woodfox to remain at Angola until March

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Sat Dec 13 13:51:11 EST 2008


Woodfox to remain at Angola

     * By BILL LODGE
     * Advocate staff writer
     * Published: Dec 12, 2008 - UPDATED: 7:20 p.m.

Albert Woodfox has spent more than half his 61 years at the Louisiana  
State Penitentiary at Angola. And Woodfox will remain there until at  
least March while a federal appellate panel decides whether he should  
be released pending a third trial for his alleged murder of a security  
officer.

The panel will hear oral arguments in the case in March.

The decision was announced today by a three-member panel of the 5th  
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. District Judge James J. Brady of Baton Rouge overturned Woodfox?  
conviction and ruled last month that he should be released from prison  
until the next trial for the 1972 fatal stabbing of 23-year-old  
Officer Brent Miller.

But Louisiana Attorney General James D. ?Buddy? Caldwell appealed to  
the 5th Circuit, arguing that Woodfox poses a potential threat to  
society because he was serving a 50-year sentence for armed robbery at  
the time of Miller?s death and has never been prosecuted on at least  
10 armed robbery and aggravated rape charges pending since the 1960s  
in Orleans Parish.






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