Petition to release 2 of the Angola 3 from solitary reaches Gov.'s desk

Published: Apr. 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM CDT
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Angola 3: Herman Wallace, Robert King and Albert Woodfox in 2008
Angola 3: Herman Wallace, Robert King and Albert Woodfox in 2008

(WAFB) - Members of Amnesty International delivered a message to the Governor Tuesday from the steps of the Capitol; this on the anniversary of 40 years of solitary confinement for two former Black Panthers convicted of murdering a Louisiana prison guard.

The members of Amnesty International delivered 65,000 petition signatures from all over the world asking Governor Bobby Jindal to remove the two remaining imprisoned Angola 3 from isolation.

Albert Woodfox, 65, and Herman Wallace, 70, remain in Angola. They were serving sentences for armed robbery in 1972 when they were charged and convicted with fatally stabbing a guard at the Angola prison, and moved into solitary confinement.

Robert King, one of the original Angola 3, is also trying to get his friends out.

"Both of them are confined to solitary confinement and all the evidence in that case has been undermined. There was no direct evidence on either to link them to this case," said King.

King spent 29 years in Angola in solitary with Woodfox and Wallace for being a violent member of the Black Panthers. Robert Hillary King was released after his first conviction was overturned and he pleaded guilty to a lesser conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Woodfox and Wallace have continued to deny involvement in the killing and say they were targeted because they helped establish a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party.

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