Albert Woodfox, Gary Tyler
Date Written: 2015-07-01
Publisher: Against the Current
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21224
Albert Woodfox, Gary Tyler - two examples among many of what the racist and bureaucratic "carceral state" in America is about.
Three prisoner activists and Black Panther Party members - Woodfox, Herman Wallace and Robert King, the Angola 3 - were convicted in a notorious frameup trial. King won his freedom in 2001 after 29 years; Wallace was released last year, days before his death from liver cancer. Immediately following Brady's ruling that Woodfox's retrial would be fatally flawed, a "higher" court (if that's the right term), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, stayed the release order pending the state's appeal of judge Brady's order. That hearing is pending as ATC goes to press. The widow of the murdered guard, Brent Miller, has appearled for Woodfox's release as she believes in his innocence.
The state's contention that Woodfox, now 68 in poor health, represents a "danger" if released is testimony to the vicious and cynical character of the prison system and the depravity of the bureaucrats who operate it.
Another prisoner at Angola, Gary Tyler, was sentenced to death at age 17, in 1975. A Destrehan high school student on a bus that was attacked by a racist mob, Tyler was convicted by an all-white jury in the shooting death of Timothy Weber, a white boy outside the bus. There was no evidence found on the bus - the alleged murder weapon disappeared from the evidence room - and his attorney was manifestly incompetent.