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Prisoner says state conducts illegal body searches

4 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 29 2014 Oct 29, 2014 October 29, 2014 10:54 AM October 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for a Louisiana prison inmate whose conviction in the 1972 death of a guard was overturned say he has been subjected to illegal "body cavity searches" while he awaits the next step in his prosecution.

The inmate is 67-year-old Albert Woodfox, one of the prisoners supporters have dubbed the "Angola Three," owing to their long stretches in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary in Angola.

State officials say the searches are necessary to maintain security and that Woodfox is not treated any differently than other maximum security prisoners.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday on the body search issue.

A 5th Circuit decision is pending on state efforts to reinstate Woodfox's murder conviction.

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