originally by: NBC News
published: 4 October 2013
A former prisoner who had been free for only three days after serving more than 40 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana died Friday after a bout with liver cancer.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Herman Wallace, a member of the so-called “Angola 3,” who served more time in solitary confinement than any other inmate, Wallace’s attorney George Kendall told NBC News.
Wallace, the former Black Panther who was only nine days away from turning 72 years old, died at a friend’s home with friends and family near his bedside, Kendall said.
“He was very comfortable and surrounded by loved ones,” said Kendall. “He was grateful that he was alive on free soil.”
The judge said on Tuesday that Wallace’s petition was granted because women were excluded from the grand jury in his case four decades ago, violating the Fourteenth Amendment.