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by ANGOLA 3 Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2008 at 2:03 PM


Angola 3

Albert Woodfox, Herman WallaceMarina Drummer, a strong and long time supporter of the Angola 3, writes: “On Monday, Louisiana Justice turned a blind eye to its own injustice. Despite asking that evidence be taken in the case of State of Louisiana v. Herman Wallace, they ignored the magistrate’s findings that Herman was convicted on the basis of favors being offered to the state’s witnesses for their testimony implicating Herman.

“The decision was 2 -1 denying relief. The majority failed to give any reason for their decision, while Judge Welch had the courage to say, ‘There was a reasonable likelihood that the verdict would have different had the jury been aware of the promise and favors to the state’s witness.’ He acknowledged that the state’s failure to disclose this information violated Herman’s constitutional rights.

“The majority did not choose to argue that the facts as set out by the Magistrate and Judge Welch weren’t correct, they just decided that these uncontradicted facts did not warrant a new trial, without giving a reason for their decision. Thus they sanctioned the long established pattern in the country of using promises to snitches to obtain convictions regardless of the truth. Outside the U.S. Department of Justice facing the R.F. Kennedy Courtyard is carved the statement, ‘The United States wins its point whenever justice is done its citizens in the courts.’ America lost today.

“However, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, the remaining two of the Angola 3, will not quit seeking justice. They are innocent and those who have pledged to come to their aid will not fail in their mission. They and we will continue appealing their verdicts, continue helping the murdered guard’s widow find the truth, and continue to speak out against a justice system that places old men in solitary who are not a threat to society, uses snitches and informants to obtain convictions regardless of the truth, and incarcerates individuals whose political and religious beliefs do not conform to those in power.

“We call on all political, religious and moral authorities in this country to work for their release. More importantly, we call on every citizen in this country to join this effort. As long as Herman and Albert are in prison, we are not free.”

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