Louisiana arguing to keep 'Angola Three' inmate locked up

AP News
Posted: Sep 02, 2015 6:01 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana attorneys are set to ask a federal appeals court to block the release of longtime state inmate Albert Woodfox and allow prosecutors to try him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard.

Woodfox is the last still-incarcerated member of a group supporters dubbed the "Angola Three" for their decades-long stays in isolation at the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola and other state prisons.

A federal judge ordered Woodfox's release in June and barred a third trial, saying there was no way the state could retry Woodfox fairly. But the state took the case to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where arguments are set for Wednesday morning.

It was unclear when the three-judge panel will rule.