[Ppnews] Angola 3 - Albert Woodfox Petition - Court hearing 3/3

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Wed Feb 25 16:45:00 EST 2009


Sign the petition 

Lets make the Angola 3 household names!

Albert Woodfox, political prisoner of the Angola 3, needs your 
support. In July 2008 a Federal Judge (Brady) overturned Albert 
Woodfox's conviction after a State Judicial Magistrate found his 
trial was unfair due to inadequate representation, prosecutorial 
misconduct, suppression of exculpatory evidence, and racial 
discrimination in the grand jury selection process. The State 
appealed this decision to the 5th Circuit Court of appeals and March 
3rd are the oral arguments for that appeal.

36 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were 
silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic 
corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 
18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola.

Peaceful, non-violent protest in the form of hunger and work strikes 
organized by inmates, caught the attention of Louisiana's first black 
elected legislators and local media in the early 1970s. State 
legislative leaders, along with the administration of a 
newly-elected, reform-minded governor, called for investigations into 
a host of unconstitutional practices and the extraordinarily cruel 
and unusual treatment commonplace in the prison. In 1972 and 1973 
prison officials, determined to put an end to outside scrutiny, 
charged Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox, and Robert King with murders 
they did not commit and threw them into 6x9 foot cells in solitary 
confinement, for nearly 36 years. Robert was freed in 2001, but 
Herman and Albert remain behind bars.

The oral arguments on March 3 are a very short and formal process. 
Albert's attorneys will explain to the court why Judge Brady did the 
right thing, and the State will try to argue he made a mistake in 
overturning the conviction. Each side will argue for 20 min and then 
the court will take anywhere from 1-6 months to issue their decision. 
If the 5th Circuit agrees with Albert's attorneys and upholds Judge 
Brady's ruling, then the State has 120 days to either retry or 
release Albert. They have already vowed to retry him. If the 5th 
Circuit agrees with the State, then the conviction is reinstated and 
Albert would have to start the appeals process all over again with a 
different claim if he wants to try to gain his freedom.

For more info

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