[Ppnews] Zolo Azania update - death penalty trial starts 10/20
Political Prisoner News
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Thu Oct 16 11:27:44 EDT 2008
Dear friends and comrades:
Greetings. A firm clenched fist salute to you. i Hope these few words
find you in good health and in spirits as good as humanly possible.
i am feeling well and strong. My mind is alert and focused. i am in
the process of preparing for jury trial on the sentence in which the
State prosecutors are seeking a penalty of death for the third time!
i want the world to know what is happening to and against me by the
agents of repression. My resentencing jury trial is scheduled to
start on Monday, October 20, 2008 in Allen County Superior Court,
Fort Wayne, Indiana.
i am seeking help to expose the State of Indiana's unjust criminal
sanction system. The death penalty law in Indiana is on its last leg,
but we need more help and support to make the public aware of what's
"Consciousness is the opposite of indifference." - George L. Jackson
Zolo Agona Azania #4969
Indiana State Prison
1 Park Row Street
Michigan City, IN 46360-6597
<http://www.zoloazania.org/node/100>Zolo to Face a Third Death Penalty Trial
May 15, 2007
Indiana Supreme Court in a 3 to 2 decision allows the State of
Indiana to seek the death penalty for the third time in the case of
Zolo Agona Azania.
Indianapolis -- On Thursday, May 10, 2007 the Indiana Supreme Court
reversed Boone County Superior Court Judge Steve David's ruling that
barred the state of Indiana from pursuing the death penalty in the
case of Zolo Azania. Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter appealed
Judge David's ruling and that resulted in oral arguments before the
Indiana Supreme Court on June 27th, 2006. Zolo, who was convicted of
murder in 1982, has spent the last 26 years in Indiana prisons, most
of that time on death row. Twice the state has had Zolo's death
penalty verdict overturned by the Indiana Supreme Court due to:
prosecution's suppression of evidence favorable to the defendant,
ineffective assistance of counsel, and systematic exclusion of
African Americans from the jury pool.
Who is Zolo Agona Azania?
Zolo Agona Azania is one of the many Black people who await execution
as a result of a racially- biased criminal justice system.
Politically active at the time of his arrest, Zolo remains committed
to freedom for Black people and to a just world for all. He has
defended his own rights and the rights of other prisoners during
these many years in prison. He has won the respect of fellow
prisoners and jailers alike.
Zolo is a prolific writer and an accomplished artist whose work has
been exhibited in many places around the country. His writing and his
art reflect who he is: A man who lives his political convictions.
Zolo's political commitment dates back over 25 years. In the early
1980s he was rehabilitating his life and working his way out of a
childhood imprisoned in extreme poverty and high-crime environments.
Zolo was involved in the campaign to make Martin Luther King1s
birthday a national holiday in his hometown of Gary, Indiana and he
designed the button for the campaign. He was the valedictorian of his
CETA federal job training class and received a scholarship to Purdue
University just prior to his arrest.
Zolo spends much of his time researching the law and fighting his
case. His tireless efforts have exposed the unfair and racist way his
case has been handled by the authorities. Zolo will turn 50 in December 2004.
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