Friday, March 21, 2008

Louisiana: Request

The chairman of Louisiana's House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Cedric Richmond has announced that his committee will hold hearings on what is known as the "Angola Three" case and he is calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) to pardon the men involved. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich, the chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, has also recently met with two of the three who remain in prison. The men - Robert King, Herman "Hooks" Wallace and Albert Woodfox - say they are victims of cruel and unusual punishment because of the time they spent in solitary confinement. A lawsuit is also pending in federal court. Wallace and Woodfox also say they were wrongfully convicted in a guard's death. King's conviction for killing another inmate was overturned, and he was released in 2001 after 29 years in solitary confinement. See article here. See additional background on the case here and here.

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