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PatriciaLevesque
PatriciaLevesque

It's obvious that this case needs public support to put pressure on a system that simply defies description (I was sure I had misread the first time I saw three times overturned and STILL in jail), sadly people just don't want to know and main stream media hardly touches the subject (this is the only place I have ever read about the A3).  I'm sure it has been covered by national media at some point (I'd at least like to think, spare me my innocence), but how to get this in people's face is the question.  At issue may be that people know the system is broken, they just don't want to be forced to acknowledge it or deal with the fall out.  Not hard to turn a blind eye when your uncle isn't the one who's life was stolen.  

 

There was a time when I had real faith in the system, I trusted men in uniform and black robes. 

Angola 3 News
Angola 3 News

Hi Kay and Nancy,

 

Thanks for helping us spread the word at this important time.

 

Whether the 5th Circuit reaffirms the conviction or not, will in many ways, be decided by how much public support can be generated for Albert Woodfox. The support from Amnesty International is very important in this regard. We will have updates at www.angola3news.com

 

What happened in 2008 is very instructive about what the Louisiana Attorney General is capable of. Ira Glasser, formerly of the ACLU, criticized AG Caldwell, writing that following the October 2008 announcement that Woodfox's niece had agreed to take him in if granted bail, Caldwell "embarked upon a public scare campaign reminiscent of the kind of inflammatory hysteria that once was used to provoke lynch mobs. He called Woodfox a violent rapist, even though he had never been charged, let alone convicted, of rape; he sent emails to [Woodfox's niece's] neighbors calling Woodfox a convicted murderer and violent rapist; and neighbors were urged to sign petitions opposing his release. In the end, his niece and family were sufficiently frightened and threatened that Woodfox rejected the plan to live with them while on bail." In his Nov. 25 ruling, Judge Brady himself criticized the intimidation campaign: "it is apparent that the [neighborhood] association was not told Mr. Woodfox is frail, sickly, and has a clean conduct record for more than twenty years."

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

So grateful to Angola 3 News for this and all of your reporting.  Holding Albert Woodfox close in my heart and thought. 

 

What lunacy and cruelty that this man's conviction keeps being overturned - and he's still in prison.   This is Louisiana "justice."  And too typical of the prison system more generally.

 

Abolition.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

Thanks as always Angola 3 News for keeping this case in the spotlight..

 

40 years?? Three times over-turned??

 

The magnitude of the injustice here is well, just stunning

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @PatriciaLevesque sadly the public is feed nin0stop fear danger and criminalization from news to Cops to Law & Order to the  "liberal" - ha! - MSNBC's long launndry list if prison "reality" shows.. Hard to break through all that

 

We keep trying

 

thanks for stopping

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

 @Angola 3 News You're amazing, A3N!  Kudos to you.  Very important about Louisiana AG.  If it weren't for watchdogs like you, too much of this would be vanished from public sight.

 

Every good wish to those still in prison; cheers to those outside, who continue the fight.  May we all be part of the ongoing struggle.

 

Much love to you. 

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @Angola 3 News Wow..

 

You will keep us posted on what we can do to further any impending action campaigns..

 

And thnaks again for this -- much appreciated always..

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

Let me add this -- the entire legal system in Louisiana - both juvenile and adult-- should be under Federal decree..

 

It is medieval - to put it kindly

Angola 3 News
Angola 3 News

 @nancy a heitzeg sounds like as far as states go, Louisiana counts among the real-life "worst of the worst."

 

You have been to Angola several times and seen it for yourself.

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

 @nancy a heitzeg  @Angola 3 News  The terrible legacy of slavery  in a "color blind" era.  The struggle of a lifetime.  Mine, anyway, and yours, I know, as well.  Much gratitude to you both.

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

 @Angola 3 News It is the worst of the  worst.. Conditions at the Youth Study Center and OPP are actually worse than at Angola..Although i have never been - i do know via JJPL and others -- that the out-state juvenile detention facilities are horrific..

 

CA isn't thtagreat either :( and next time i am in NYC, i am ginna try to get out to Rikers..

 

Hell holes all.