Rest in Peace. …and for the thousands in jails across the land who’ve never been charged with a crime, much convicted; and for all those who’ve ever spent any time whatsoever in solitary confinement torture chambers.
From this morning: ‘Last Angola 3 prisoner could go free as court delay expires’
“NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The last of the Angola Three prisoners is still waiting to hear whether he will walk free after more than four decades in solitary confinement at a Louisiana prison farm.
A federal judge ruled earlier this week that Albert Woodfox must be released immediately, saying the state has never proved — and never will — that he was responsible for the stabbing death of Louisiana State Penitentiary guard Brent Miller 43 years ago.
But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed his release while deciding whether to hear an appeal from Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell, who wants to try Woodfox a third time for the guard’s slaying.
That stay expires Friday afternoon.”
Via RT: “Teenie Rogers, the widow of slain prison guard Brent Miller, has said she believes the two men were not involved in her husband’s death, and previously called for the release from prison, the Times-Picayune reported.
“If I were on that jury, I don’t think I would have convicted them,” she wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 2008.”
His conviction has been overturned several times, but he’s been retried several times as well, and found guilty. Because: Black Panther.
‘Solitary Confinement in the US: Too Much More National Shame’, by wd, 2012 (a brief history)
Angola 3 News blogsite
via keeganNYC: ‘Miami cops shot & killed a homeless man carrying a stick in front of 50 children today: IBTimes.com Note: in many accounts, he was ‘brandishing’ a stick.
“The purpose of policing in this country is to control Black bodies, to control poor people, and to protect the interests and property of the wealthy,” said Thenjiwe McHarris, director of the Human Rights at Home campaign of the U.S. Human Rights Network. “So, it is essential for us to not just talk about reforming policing in the United States, but to challenge the legitimacy, the existence of policing in the United States.”