Judge: inmate's rights were violated, calls for release
BATON ROUGE- A federal district judge decided a convicted killer should be freed from his sentence, citing issues with how the man was indicted a number of years ago.
Chief Judge Brian Jackson said the rights of Herman Wallace were violated because there were no women on the jury that indicted him for the murder of an Angola guard in 1972. Wallace, and two others who became known as the Angola 3, were indicted the following year.
The case was eventually transferred to Baton Rouge and the 19th Judicial District.
Recently, Amnesty International, a group that vows to fight injustice, asked for Wallace to be released from prison. Wallace is currently incarcerated at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.
Wallace developed cancer while in prison and, through the organization, has claimed he would not be ill if he would have been given the proper care.
"I speak on behalf of every inmate whose voice has been suppressed when I speak out against these abuses," Wallace wrote.
Wallace will remain in custody while prosecutors appeal.
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