Amnesty International on Herman Wallace of the Angola 3: Louisiana Must Release Dying Prisoner After Judge Overturns...

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Amnesty International USA issued the following comments today from Steven W. Hawkins, executive director, in response to the U.S. District Court decision overturning the 1974 murder conviction of Herman Wallace, among the Angola 3 prisoners, in Louisiana: "We welcome the court's ruling overturning Herman Wallace's original murder conviction and ordering his immediate release from state custody. Tragically, this step toward justice has come as Herman is dying from cancer with only days or hours left to live. No ruling can erase the cruel, inhuman and degrading prison conditions he endured for more than 41 years - confined alone to a tiny cell for 23 hours a day. Judge Jackson's decision to overturn Herman Wallace's conviction underscores Amnesty's long-held concerns about the original legal process that resulted in his imprisonment. The state must act immediately to release Wallace and...

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