Court extends order blocking ‘Angola 3’ member’s release

Albert Woodfox
In this Feb 12, 2015 image made from video and released by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Albert Woodfox walks into a courthouse in Louisiana. A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the release of Woodfox, the last of the “Angola Three” inmates who spent decades in isolation after forming a Black Panther Party to protest prison conditions. Tuesday’s order came a day after a federal judge ruled that the state can’t fairly try Woodfox, now 68, a third time for the death of a prison guard 43 years ago. (WBRZ-TV via AP)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has extended an order blocking the release of Albert Woodfox, the last incarcerated member of a group of Louisiana prisoners known as the Angola Three.

A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox’s release and barred the state from trying him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard.

The state appealed, and a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked his release. That panel extended the order Friday until the state’s appeal plays out.

Woodfox and two other prisoners became known as the Angola Three because of their long stretches in isolation at the penitentiary in Angola and other facilities.

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