[Pnews] Political Prisoner Ed Poindexter recovers from triple-bypass surgery in Nebraska prison
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Mon Jan 23 11:19:01 EST 2017
Ed Poindexter recovers from triple-bypass surgery in Nebraska prison
Paul Hammel / January 19, 2017
LINCOLN — Ed Poindexter, one of two men convicted in a booby trap
bombing that killed an Omaha police officer in 1970, is recovering from
triple-bypass heart surgery at a state prison.
Poindexter, 72, underwent surgery on Dec. 20 at a Lincoln hospital, a
day after reporting that he was unable to breathe.
He and David Rice were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of
Omaha Police Officer Larry Minard.
Poindexter and Rice, who later went by the name Mondo we Langa,
maintained they were innocent. Advocates call them political prisoners,
and claim they were framed using false testimony and faulty evidence
because they were leaders of a Black Panther-like militant group. Rice
died in March in prison.
Kietryn Zychal, a friend of Poindexter’s, visited him Wednesday at the
Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln, where he is being held in
Poindexter, she said, was grateful for his medical care, and hopeful
that he could be transferred soon back to his cell at the State
Penitentiary, and renew his efforts to prove his innocence.
Due to health care privacy laws, the Nebraska Department of Corrections
has declined to comment on the surgery. Under the U.S. Constitution,
prisons are required to provide adequate health care to inmates.
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