Thursday, September 10, 2015

Late Release For Louisiana Inmate

Sorry it took me a week to post it.

"Fate of ‘Angola Three’ inmate argued before Appeals Court" Associated Press  September 03, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana attorneys asked a federal Appeals Court Wednesday to block the release of longtime inmate Albert Woodfox and allow prosecutors to try him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard, but Woodfox’s lawyer said a fair trial would be impossible due to the passage of time and the death of critical witnesses.

Defense attorney George Kendall also cited Woodfox’s age, 68, and poor health. ‘‘He shouldn’t be made to run the gauntlet again,’’ Kendall told three judges of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Woodfox has long maintained his innocence in the 1972 stabbing death of prison guard Brent Miller. He is the last incarcerated member of a group that supporters dubbed the ‘‘Angola Three’’ for their decades-long stays in isolation at the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola and other state prisons.

US District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge ordered Woodfox’s ‘‘immediate’’ release in June and took the extraordinary step of barring a third trial for Woodfox in Miller’s death.

Arguing for the state, attorney Richard Stanley said Brady went too far.


The coverage has dried up since.