HERMAN WALLACE:`Angola Three` Inmate dies Days after Release from Soliary: The Guardian

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Herman Wallace: ‘Angola Three’ inmate dies days after release from solitary

Defense lawyers say they will continue litigation over his 41-year ‘unconstitutional confinement’ at Louisiana state penitentiary

Herman Wallace Angola Three inmate dies

Herman Wallace claimed that he and Albert Woodfox, who remains in solitary, were targeted in prison guard Brent Miller‘s 1972 killing because they organised a Black Panther Party chapter and strikes for better conditions. Photo: Lauren Mcgaughy/AP

A 71-year-old man who spent more than four decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana has died, less than a week after a judge freed him and granted him a new trial.

Herman Wallace’s attorneys said he died Friday at a supporter’s home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment.

US district Judge Brian Jackson had ordered Wallace released from the Louisiana state penitentiary at Angola on Tuesday after granting him a new trial. Jackson ruled women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the stabbing death of a 23-year-old prison guard, Brent Miller.

Wallace and two other inmates convicted in the guard’s death came to be known as the “Angola Three”.

Wallace, of New Orleans, was serving a 50-year armed robbery sentence when Miller was fatally stabbed in 1972. Wallace and the two others convicted in Miller’s death were moved to isolation at the Louisiana state penitentiary in Angola. In 2009, Wallace was moved to “closed-cell restriction” at Hunt correctional in St Gabriel and recently was taken to the prison’s hospital unit.

Amnesty International USA last year delivered a petition to Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal‘s office, containing 65,000 signatures calling the men’s solitary confinement inhumane and degrading.

Wallace’s lawyers said he asked that, after his death, they continue to press the lawsuit challenging Wallace’s “unconstitutional confinement in solitary confinement for four decades”.

“It is Mr Wallace’s hope that this litigation will help ensure that others, including his lifelong friend and fellow Angola Three member, Albert Woodfox, do not continue to suffer such cruel and unusual confinement even after Mr Wallace is gone,” his legal team said in a written statement.

Woodfox, who remains in custody, and Wallace have continued to deny involvement in Miller’s killing and say they were targeted because they helped establish a prison chapter of the Black Panther party at the Angola prison in 1971, set up demonstrations and organised strikes for better conditions.

The third man, Robert King, was released after 29 years in solitary confinement.


Louisiana refuses to release former Black Panther despite court order

Louisiana refuses to release former Black Panther despite court order

Herman Wallace, a member of the so-called ‘Angola Three’ who has just days to live, at the centre of unseemly legal tussle

    • theguardian.com,              Tuesday 1 October 2013 22.20 BST              Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, convicted of murder in Louisiana
Herman Wallace, pictured here with Albert Woodfox, was convicted in 1974 for killing  a prison guard – but he has always maintained his innocence

A gruesome legal battle over the fate of a dying man is being played out at the Hunt correctional center in St Gabriel, Louisiana, as state authorities refuse to release a former member of the Black Panther movement despite a federal court ordering they do so.

Herman Wallace, who was held for more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana jails, is still being confined inside the prison although Judge Brian Jackson ordered on Tuesday that he be immediately released. Wallace, 71, is suffering from lung cancer and is believed to have just days to live.

An ambulance is standing by outside the prison and lawyers for Wallace are also present. But the district attorney for East Baton Rouge has challenged the federal court order, and in the light of the challenge the Louisiana department of corrections is refusing to set the prisoner free. ….

Please, read more:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/01/louisiana-prison-angola-three-court-order

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Cancer-Stricken Angola 3 Prisoner Herman Wallace Given Just Days to Live…:

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