[Pnews] Albert Woodfox - Freedom Is Just Around the Corner

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Sat Feb 7 12:22:32 EST 2015

A3 Newsletter, February 6, 2015:

  Freedom Is Just Around the Corner

This afternoon Albert's legal team submitted an application to US 
District Court Judge James A. Brady for release on bail with expedited 
review (View the court filing here 

This month marks 2 years since Albert's conviction was overturned for a 
third time based on a finding of racial discrimination in the selection 
of his grand jury foreperson, a decision now firmly upheld by a 
unanimous panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Though the Attorney General may continue to stand in the way of justice 
and appeal yet again to the US Supreme Court and/or attempt to retry 
him, Albert's attorneys argue that there is no legal or moral 
justification to hold him in prison any longer, nor any reason to 
believe the State of Louisiana could succeed in reconvicting him in a 
fair proceeding.

In a moving petition, they detail not just the legal underpinnings of 
freeing those wrongfully convicted, but also the deeply flawed legal 
processes that have resulted in this innocent man spending an 
unconscionable 4 decades in a solitary cell 
As they point out, "the State has now had not just one but two chances 
to convict Mr. Woodfox at a trial that passes constitutional muster, and 

The application reminds the Court that the State itself during the 
appeals process admitted that if Albert were to prevail "re-trying him 
for a crime that occurred more than 40 years ago...may render retrial 
difficult, even impossible."

But regardless of whether the State elects to retry Albert or not, as 
another federal district court concluded, "[T]he liberty interest of an 
improperly convicted prisoner is stronger than any injury that may be 
caused to the [State] in releasing petitioner from custody pending 
retrial.").  Indeed, a prisoner, "suffers irreparable harm each day that 
he is imprisoned in violation of the United States Constitution."

Certainly the reality of Albert's grossly inhumane conditions of 
confinement only make this harm more egregious and the urgency for 
release more compelling.

An expedited hearing date of Monday, February 23rd has been requested.  
We will let you know as soon as we hear anything from the Court.

***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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