It's becoming routine to learn that our political prisoners (those who've been freedom fighters and defenders of peoples' civil and human rights) are being denied relief all across the country: Peltier given a 15-year hit, Yogi still in SHU and lockup altogether 40 years, Ruchell denied paroles time after time, etc., etc. I sure hope this latest outrage will spur folks to demand amnesty for all prisoners incarcerated for 25 years or more. Please help start a campaign in your own community, on your own myspace or facebook, or website pages, for such relief so that we can raise the consciousness of the masses re the draconian sentences men and women are enduring. "Trust no one in whom the desire to punish is strong" - Fyodor Dostoyevsky. KN
Moving Up -- Herman's Writ Denied
Herman's writ seeking a new trial was denied late Friday afternoon by the Louisiana State Supreme Court with no comment from the Court. The denial was no surprise to the A3 legal team and supporters who have become accustomed to injustice at the hands of State and local officials. Although disappointed, Herman, Albert and Robert remind supporters that Herman's case can now begin new life as a habeas petition in Federal Court--the same judicial process that already succeeded in overturning Albert's conviction.
Herman Moved to More Restrictive Cell!
This news is added to the fact that Herman has been placed in Extended Administrative Lockdown for the next 90 days for reasons yet unknown--overall this makes for a rotten way to spend a 68th birthday, even after 37+ in solitary. Send Herman some love and let him know we're here for the long haul.
Mother Jones Article By James Ridgeway
In his new article written Friday evening, James Ridgeway provides an excellent analysis of Herman's case. Ridgeway writes:
The Louisiana State Supreme Court Friday denied an appeal from Herman Wallace, who has been held in solitary confinement for more than 37 years. Wallace and Albert Woodfox are members of what has become known as the Angola 3, whose story has been covered extensively by Mother Jones. Convicted of the 1972 murder of a prison guard at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, both men maintain their innocence; they believe they were targeted for the crime and relegated to permanent lockdown because of their organizing work with the prison chapter of the Black Panthers. Wallace, who is now 68 years old, was recently transferred from Angola to the Hunt Correctional Center near Baton Rouge, where he continues to be held in solitary. Two days ago, Wallace descended even deeper into the hole, placed in a disciplinary unit called Beaver 5 for unknown violations of prison policy.
Read the full article here.
Read the Mother Jones series "Angola 3: 36 Years of Solitude" here.
Albert & Herman
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
Unit 5, D-Tier
PO Box 174
St Gabriel, LA 70776
CCR, Lower A5
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA 70712