[Pnews] Albert Woodfox - Looking Back Gratefully and Looking Forward Hopefully

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Fri Jan 29 11:14:17 EST 2016

A3 Newsletter, January 28, 2016:
Looking Back Gratefully and Looking Forward Hopefully


We want to send thanks from Albert and Robert to Amnesty activists for 
December's Write for Rights campaign 
Albert enjoyed receiving the thousands of letters and postcards which 
were delivered to him in sacks! We kept him up to date with photos of 
the country activities including his "cut out" in front of London's 
landmarks, the first screening of the documentary Cruel and Unusual in 
the Louvre Paris and the art event in New Orleans.

On the legal front, Albert's legal teams have filed their appeal of the 
overturning of Judge Brady's unconditional Writ with the U.S. Supreme 
Court. They continue to prepare for Albert's retrial, though no date has 
been set. The civil trial is still scheduled to begin June 27th of this 

In St. Francisville, still behind solitary walls, Albert awaits the 
status of a slate of appeals of rulings pending in Louisiana's 1st 
Circuit Court of Appeal from September that began to set up the legal 
and procedural landscape for the retrial.

Unfortunately, the first of these decisions came a few days ago and 
served to overturn Judge Carmichael's decision requiring Albert's 
retrial jury to be unanimous. Despite the fact that he was afforded a 
unanimous jury in both of his first two trials, only 10 of 12 jurors 
will be required to convict or acquit him in the third. Louisiana is one 
of only two states that allow non-unanimous juries 
to hand down life sentences. Many think eventually the law will be 
declared unconstitutional, but not in time for Albert. His legal team is 
appealing this decision to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Albert's 69th birthday is on February 19. If you would like to send him 
a birthday card, his address is:

Albert Woodfox
West Feliciana Parish Detention Center
PO Box 2727
St. Francisville, LA 70775

/**We want to remind supporters that Albert is not allowed to receive 
stamps or CDs though he can receive books if they come directly from 
Amazon. Cards and messages are always the best gift, but if you want to 
send more, the jail allows Commissary deposits to be sent in the form of 
postal money orders made out to Albert and mailed to his regular mailing 
address above./
Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
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