Court won't reinstate 'Angola 3' inmate conviction
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has refused to reinstate the second-degree murder conviction of longtime state prison inmate Albert Woodfox in the 1972 stabbing death of a guard.
Woodfox has long maintained his innocence in the killing. He is one of the state inmates known as the "Angola Three" due to his long stretches in solitary confinement at the state prison in Angola.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling that Woodfox's 1993 indictment was tainted by racial discrimination in the grand jury foreman selection process.
Friday afternoon, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said the decision in no way exonerates Woodfox. He said attorneys were still studying the opinion to determine their next action. He added that his office remains committed to seeing Woodfox's conviction upheld.