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Angola Three: Inmate conviction in '72 death at issue in appeal

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments Tuesday in the conviction of Louisiana inmate Albert Woodfox in the 1972 death of a prison guard.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to re-instate Woodfox's conviction in the death of guard Brent Miller.

U.S. District Judge James Brady agreed last year with Woodfox's claim that his 1993 indictment by a West Feliciana Parish grand jury was tainted by discrimination in the grand jury foreman selection process.

Woodfox - one of the state prisoners known as the "Angola Three" - has long maintained his innocence in Miller's death. Human rights question whether the case was prosecuted because of Woodfox's political activism. The appeals court judges did not indicate when they will rule.

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