Former Black Panther Herman Wallace dies days after judge overturns murder conviction that saw him serve 41 years in solitary confinement
A former Black Panther who served 41 years in solitary confinement has died days after a US federal judge overturned his conviction for the murder of a prison guard.
Herman Wallace was freed on Tuesday after Judge Brian Jackson ruled his 1974 trial had been “unconstitutional” and ordered his immediate release.
He was suffering from terminal liver cancer and died with supporters by his side early this morning. He was 71.
Mr Wallace had been part of the Angola Three, who were originally imprisoned for robbery at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola because of its historic links to the African slave trade.
The men say they were framed for the killing of a guard because of their membership of the militant Black Panther party and fight for the civil rights of prisoners.
Robert King, 70, a fellow member of the Angola Three released in 2001, told the Independent: “My reaction is one of sadness for a life wasted. And when I say, wasted, I mean the society he lived in may have considered him a waste, but he helped rewrite history.
“When his conviction was overturned it cleared the slate - he could die a man not convicted of a crime he was innocent of.”
Tessa Murphy, a campaigner for Amnesty International, said: “The Louisiana prison authorities put this man through hell.
“There were longstanding concerns about the safety of his conviction and it’s some small consolation that Herman died a free man.”
Albert Woodfox, 66, is still in solitary confinement and undergoes daily cavity searches.
Mr King added: “When we started out we weren’t thinking about ourselves, we were dealing with the system. That goes on.”
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered
- 3 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
- < Previous
- Next >
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Uncapped OTE: SThree: SThree Group have been well ...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE: SThree: Real Staffing Group is seeking Traine...
£120 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: We have an exciting opportunity...
Competitive: Randstad Education Manchester: SEN Teacher urgently required for ...