[Ppnews] Appeals court rejects new trial for Angols 3 - Black Panther Albert Woodfox

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Mon Jun 21 20:41:55 EDT 2010

Appeals court rejects new trial for Black Panther

(AP) – 1 hour ago

NEW ORLEANS ­ A federal appeals court has 
reversed a lower court's decision to grant a new 
trial to a former member of the Black Panther 
Party who was convicted of murdering a Louisiana prison guard.

U.S. District Judge James Brady had ruled in 2008 
that Albert Woodfox's defense counsel in his 
retrial was ineffective. He ordered the state to 
try him for a third time or drop the case.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed that order.

Woodfox, a member of the so-called Angola 3, has 
been convicted twice of fatally stabbing the 
Louisiana State Penitentiary guard in 1972.

The appeals court said Brady erred in concluding 
that Woodfox had ineffective counsel in his second trial.

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