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Published on October 3rd, 2013 | by Zamná Ávila

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Dying Prisoner Finally Freed from Solitary

LOUISIANA- A federal judge overturned the conviction of Herman Wallace on Oct. 2, after serving 41 years in solitary confinement, the longest than any other person in United States history.

Wallace,71,who is dying of advanced liver cancer, has been moved to a New Orleans hospital.

He was placed in solitary after a murder of a prison guard in 1972. Along with himself, two others were convicted of the murder. The group came to be known as the Angola Three. Their supporters say they were framed for participating in political activism and being members of one of the first chapters of the Black Panthers.

George Kendall, one of Wallace’s attorneys, said his client has asked that after his death they continue to pursue a lawsuit challenging Wallace’s solitary confinement.

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