La. inmate's '72 conviction at issue in appeal
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments Tuesday in the conviction of Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox in the 1972 death of a prison guard.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to re-instate Woodfox's conviction in the death of guard Brent Miller.
U.S. District Judge James Brady agreed last year with Woodfox's claim that his 1993 indictment by a West Feliciana Parish grand jury was tainted by discrimination in the grand jury foreman selection process.
Woodfox - one of three prisoners known as the "Angola Three" - has long maintained his innocence in Miller's death. Human rights activists say the case against Woodfox is flawed. And they question whether the case was prosecuted because of Woodfox's political activism.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Officers, teens discuss difficult issues at Baton Rouge conference
EBR sheriff's deputy changing tire goes viral
New Roads community commemorates Memorial Day with a 'blessing of the boats'
Crews respond to fire at abandoned house on Lobelia Avenue
Video of EBR sheriff's deputy changing tire goes viral