Insight with Robert King: The Angola 3 and their fight for justice

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Robert King will be joining us at the Frontline Club in
conversation with founder and director of Reprieve Clive Stafford
Smith to recount his personal story of injustice and how his life’s
focus now is to campaign against abuses in the criminal justice
system and for the freedom of Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox who
are now serving their 40th year in solitary confinement In May 1972
Robert King entered Angola prison the state penitentiary of
Louisiana after being convicted of an armed robbery he denied
committing. Along with Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox he was
later convicted of murder in Angola prison; Wallace and Woodfox for
the murder of Angola prison guard Brent Miller and King for the
murder of fellow prisoner August Kelly. Known as the Angola 3 the
men have always proclaimed their innocence saying that they were
framed and targeted by the prison authorities for their activism as
members of the Black Panther Party. Through their activities they
successfully organised prisoners to improve conditions; reducing
sexual assault improving food quality and tackling racism - all
condoned by prison security. Between them King Wallace and Woodfox
have spent more than 100 years in solitary confinement in Angola's
maximum security Closed Cell Restricted (CCR) block in cells 2 x 3
metres for up to 23 hours a day. All three were sentenced on
insubstantial evidence and contradictory eye witness reports they
fought their convictions and in 2001 King was freed after 29 years
in solitary. In 2008 Woodfox's conviction was overturned after a
federal court ruled that his core constitutional rights had been
violated at his original trial. But Louisiana attorney general
Buddy Caldwell contested the decision and Woodfox aged 64 was
returned to Angola. Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox remain in
solitary confinement conditions which they are legally challenging
as being a violation of the US Constitution prohibiting cruel and
unusual punishment. Robert Ki


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