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La. inmate's '72 conviction at issue in appeal

1 year ago January 07, 2014 Jan 7, 2014 Tuesday, January 07 2014 Tuesday, January 07, 2014 10:54:50 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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