Appeals Court Says Angola Three Prisoner Woodfox Can Be Tried Third Time


In June, a judge ordered the release of Albert Woodfox, the last of Louisiana’s “Angola Three” prisoners who remained behind bars. The judge said Woodfox, who had spent four decades in solitary confinement and twice been convicted of murder, could not be put on a trial a third time, the Washington Post reports. Yesterday, a federal appeals court reversed that decision, saying that Louisiana could try Woodfox once again. This case “does not present a constitutional defect that cannot be cured at retrial,” the panel said in 2-1 decision.

Woodfox was convicted in the 1972 killing of Brent Miller, a prison guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. He and two other men became known as “Angola Three,” a group that was the focus of international efforts rallying against their solitary confinement and the conditions of their imprisonment. “We are extremely disappointed in the reversal of the district court opinion barring any further trial of Albert Woodfox,” said Woodfox’ attorney, George Kendall.

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