[Pnews] Albert Woodfox update - All eyes are on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Thu Jun 19 11:38:49 EDT 2014


*All eyes are on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals as we move into summer.*

Most urgently of course, we wake up every day hopeful that the court 
will choose to affirm Judge Brady's ruling that overturned Albert's 
conviction for a third time. Although there is no way to know when they 
will rule, the average decision wait time is 10 months, so we expect 
word soon, and certainly by early fall.

Meanwhile, the landmark A3 civil case seeking to define long term 
solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment carries on through 
Robert and Albert since Herman's passing. Final preparation and definite 
trial dates for the civil case remain frozen pending resolution of two 
appeals the State has filed with the 5th Circuit contesting two of Judge 
Brady's recent decisions in A3's favor.

The first appeal seeks to reverse Federal District Court Judge Brady's 
ruling that prison officials are not eligible for "qualified immunity," 
a status which would shield them from having to pay damages if they lose 
the case. The second appeal seeks to reinstitute the invasive, inhumane 
strip searches Albert endured until Judge Brady ruled them 
unconstitutional and unnecessary this past January.

Once both appeal rulings are decided, the dates for the trial will be 
set, taking into consideration how much preparation time each side still 
needs (at least a few more months), and when the court is able to 
reschedule. We will keep everyone updated on all fronts as things develop.

you can write:

*Albert Woodfox #72148 *

*David Wade Correctional Center *
*670 Bell Hill Road *
*Homer, LA  71040

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
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