UPDATE: Herman Wallace has been released from Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Read the CNN story here.
Democracy Now! reports that Herman Wallace, a member of the Angola 3 who has served 42 years in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary (“Angola”), must be released from prison because women were excluded from Wallace’s grand jury in violation of the constitution.
Wallace is dying of liver cancer, and his supporters have been working for his freedom so that he can live his final moments outside the walls of Angola. Judge Brian A. Jackson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has ordered that the State “immediately release Mr. Wallace from custody.”
The judge ordered his release because women were excluded from the grand jury in his case four decades ago, and called for “the State immediately release Mr. Wallace from custody.” The decision comes as Wallace is dying of liver cancer. Wallace’s supporters say he has just days to live, but his requests for compassionate release has so far gone unanswered.
Wallace reportedly received the news today from his two fellow members of the Angola 3, Albert Woodfox and Robert King Wilkerson, who had a previously scheduled visit. His lawyers are working now to secure his release as soon as possible.
Herman Wallace’s legal team said today:
“With today’s ruling, at long last, Herman Wallace has been afforded some measure of justice after a lifetime of injustice. We ask that the Department of Corrections honor Judge Jackson’s order and immediately release Herman Wallace so that he can spend his final days as a free man.”
“In addition, litigation challenging Mr. Wallace’s unconstitutional confinement in solitary confinement for four decades will continue in his name. It is Mr. Wallace’s hope that this litigation will help ensure that others, including his lifelong friend and fellow ‘Angola 3’ member, Albert Woodfox, do not continue to suffer such cruel and unusual confinement even after Mr. Wallace is gone.”