Appeals court: State can try 'Angola 3' inmate a 3rd time
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court says Louisiana can keep "Angola Three" inmate Albert Woodfox in jail and continue plans to try him a third time for the 1972 murder of a prison guard.
Monday night's 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a June order by U.S. District Judge James Brady.
Brady had ordered Woodfox's immediate release. And he had barred a third trial, saying the state could not try Woodfox fairly more than 40 years after the killing.
The 5th Circuit disagreed, saying Brady had abused his discretion. Woodfox is the last still-incarcerated member of a group that supporters dubbed the "Angola Three" for their decades-long stays in isolation at the Louisiana Penitentiary at Angola and other state prisons.