Conviction Overturned!

I have very little time to write, but I caught a glimpse of this story on Google news and had to find out more…

And once I found out I had to take a moment to write something. It’s nice to read about something good in the news!

In a ruling late Tuesday US District Judge Brady issued a ruling approving a federal magistrate’s June recommendation that Albert Woodfox’s conviction be overturned!

Albert Woodfox, a member of the “Angola Three” had been held in solitary confinement for over 30 years – from 1972 until March when he was moved to a maximum security dormitory.

The “Angola 3” Robert King Wilkerson, Albert Woodfox, and Herman Wallace were charged, and convicted of killing a white guard in a dormitory housing 200 men. This was despite the fact that authorities had bloody fingerprints and the knife used in the attack, and that Robert King Wilkerson was not even in the prison at the time of the stabbing.

Their real “crime” was having the audacity to organize a chapter of the Black Panther Party , in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, one of the most notoriously bloody and unjust prisons in the United States at the time.

The state has vowed to appeal the decision.

For more information on the  Woodfox, The Angola 3, the case and the Black Panther Party check out:

http://www.angola3.org/

http://www.itsabouttimebpp.com/Angola3/Angola3_index.html

http://www.infoshop.org/wiki/index.php/Angola_3

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