43 years in soli­tary, now free­dom

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

The last of the “An­gola Three” in­mates, whose four decades in soli­tary con­fine­ment drew in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion and be­came the sub­ject of two doc­u­men­taries, was or­dered re­leased.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge James Brady of Ba­ton Rouge or­dered Al­bert Wood­fox freed and took the ex­tra­or­di­nary step of bar­ring Louisiana pros­e­cu­tors from try­ing him a third time in con­nec­tion with the slay­ing of a pri­son guard. His two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions have been reversed.

A spokesman for the Louisiana at­tor­ney gen­eral said the state would ap­peal to the U.S. 5th Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals “to make sure this mur­derer stays in pri­son and re­mains fully accountable for his ac­tions.”

Wood­fox, now 68, was placed in soli­tary con­fine­ment in 1972 af­ter be­ing charged in the guard’s death.

Robert King and Her­man Wal­lace were the other mem­bers of the An­gola Three. Wal­lace died last fall, days af­ter a judge freed him and granted him a new trial in the guard’s killing. King was re­leased in 2001 af­ter his con­vic­tion in the death of a fel­low in­mate in 1973 was reversed.

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