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Law: Cruel and Unusual Punishment #888045

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 16, 2008
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Angola, Louisiana: Kerry Sanders) The legal justice issue of when solitary confinement in prison becomes cruel and unusual punishment examined; scenes shown from the Louisiana State Penitentiary where the worst of the worst inmates are confined, including Herman Wallace† and Albert Woodfox, who have been in solitary since 1972 for murdering a prison guard Brent Miller. [Defense attorney Nick TRENTICOSTA†- says it has been 36 years.] [Via phone, WALLACE - says it's "just cruel and unusual punishment."] [Miller's WIDOW - says she wants justice.] [Former prison inmate Robert KING - comments on his time at Angola.] Statement from prison officials about conditions for Wallace and Woodfox quoted.

Holt, Lester;
Sanders, Kerry

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