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BREAKING: Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 has conviction overturned for a third time!
by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3
Tuesday Feb 26th, 2013 11:18 PM
Today, February 26, District Court Judge James Brady released a 34-page ruling that granted habeas to Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 on the issue of racial discrimination in the selection of the grand jury foreperson for his 1998 retrial. This decision now overturns Albert’s conviction for a third time.

(Above is a PDF of Judge Brady's ruling)

Today, February 26, District Court Judge James Brady released a 34-page ruling that granted habeas to Albert Woodfox of the Angola 3 on the issue of racial discrimination in the selection of the grand jury foreperson for his 1998 retrial. This decision now overturns Albert’s conviction for a third time.

In the 34-page ruling, Judge Brady reviews the arguments of both sides and concludes that Albert's team used the correct baseline for comparison, and that using that baseline, the discrimination is statistically significant no matter which tests are used.
As you may recall, it was the State's burden in these proceedings to prove that there was a race neutral procedure in place for selecting forepersons. Judge Brady agreed with Albert that the State failed to do this.

Just as when Judge Brady overturned Albert’s conviction in 2008, the State is now expected to appeal today’s ruling to the 5th Circuit. Therefore, nothing is certain except that the legal team and A3 supporters will not stop fighting until this ruling is affirmed by the 5th Circuit and Albert is finally a free man.

This is an important victory, thanks in no small part to the efforts of our supporters!

As we learn more, we will post updates at http://www.angola3news.com, so please check there for more information about Albert’s case.
§Albert Woodfox
by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 Tuesday Feb 26th, 2013 11:18 PM
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§Free all the Angola 3!
by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 Tuesday Feb 26th, 2013 11:18 PM
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§For more background...
by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 Tuesday Feb 26th, 2013 11:28 PM
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...read our report from the evidentiary hearing that preceded today's ruling:

http://angola3news.blogspot.com/2012/05/report-from-albert-woodfoxs-evidentiary.html
§Updated A3 Flyer / Fact Sheet
by International Coalition to Free the Angola 3 Wednesday Feb 27th, 2013 9:56 AM

Uploaded here is a flyer that we have updated following yesterdays ruling, so that A3 supporters can use this flyer for outreach.

Thanks again to all of our supporters!

Release Herman, Albert, and all political prisoners!