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Kenny 'Zulu' Whitmore, Friend of the Angola 3, Challenges His Conviction
Last week Kenny "Zulu" Whitmore, a longtime friend of Angola 3 who has now spent over 30 years in isolation at Angola, filed his own habeas petition contesting his murder conviction in light of new evidence that his attorneys argue convincingly proves his innocence. You can read the compelling petition here, attached as a PDF.
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More more information about Zulu: http://www.freezulu.org/
Only days before, Burl Cain, the infamous warden of Angola Prison, was recently asked during an impromptu interview with students of Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project about the removal from solitary of Kenny 'Zulu' Whitmore, a member of the Angola chapter of the Black Panther Party. Cain told the young journalists that he would consider removing him. The Medill Justice Project reports:
What Cain said he was concerned about is Whitmore's longstanding affiliation with the Angola chapter of the Black Panther Party, a black revolutionary socialist organization that grew to prominence in the 1960s. Whitmore tried to escape in 1986, which also made him a security risk. Cain said Whitmore has the right to hold his political beliefs-as he himself does-but he expressed concern that Whitmore could spread his beliefs in the prison, sparking violence among inmates. "The Black Panther Party advocates violence and racism-I'm not going to let anybody walk around advocating violence and racism," Cain said.
Read the full article here: http://www.medilljusticeproject.org/2014/07/20/louisiana-warden-considers-end-to-inmates-solitary-confinement-after-more-than-three-decades/
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