Resolution requesting AG withdraw appeal related to 'Angola 3' inmate fails in House

Resolution requesting AG withdraw appeal related to 'Angola 3' inmates fails in House

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A resolution requesting the attorney general withdraw his appeal to a federal judge's ruling to release and bar further prosecution of the last "Angola Three" inmate failed in the House on Thursday.

HR 208, authored by state Rep. Pat Smith, D-Baton Rouge, was rejected by a vote of 65-18.

Federal Judge James Brady issued a court order on June 8 for the immediate release of Albert Woodfox, who is currently in the West Feliciana Parish Jail, awaiting another trial. Woodfox spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement after being charged in the death of a prison guard.

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed an emergency motion Tuesday to prevent Woodfox's release. Caldwell also filed an appeal to Brady's ruling. The stay request was granted through 1 p.m. Friday.

Lawyers filed papers Wednesday opposing the state Attorney General's effort to keep the aging prisoner locked up.

Woodfox's conviction was overturned twice, but he was indicted to stand trial for the murder again. Caldwell wants Woodfox re-tried.

Both sides are waiting on a decision from an appellate court.

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