Just days after Herman Wallace was finally released by a judge, who vacated his conviction and sentence for a murder he says he didn’t commit, he died from liver cancer.  Wallace, one of the Angola 3 inmates, who fought back against Louisiana State Penitentiary injustices, died Friday at the age of 71.  Wallace spent 40 years in solitary confinement.

“Herman endured what very few of us can imagine, and he did it with grace, dignity, and empathy to the end,” his legal team said in an e-mailed statement Friday, “Although his freedom was much too brief, it meant the world to Herman to spend these last three days surrounded by the love of his family and friends.  One of the final things that Herman said to us was, ‘I am free. I am free.”

The only remaining member of the Angola 3 who is in prison, is Albert Woodfox, who is still imprisoned despite having his conviction overturned three times.


  1. Lon Spector says:

    The records of eveyone convicted of a crime from the 1960’s on back should be reviewed.


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