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(The Root) — After four decades of solitary confinement in the nation’s most populated maximum-security prison — and one of its most historically brutal — a member of the internationally known “Angola 3” has reasonable cause to expect that he will soon be released, his attorneys and supporters say. The request to set free Albert Woodfox, 65, is being heard by the same federal judge who in 2008 ordered that Woodfox be released, a ruling that Louisiana prosecutors successfully appealed and blocked.
Woodfox and Herman Wallace, now 71, were placed in solitary confinement in 1972 — theirs is the longest-running solo detention of which human rights group Amnesty International is aware — after being convicted of killing a white guard at Angola prison, the slave…
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