Friday, August 3, 2001 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: As Navy Pounds Vieques with Largest Bombing Operation in...
2001-08-03

Celebrated African-American Author Wilbert Rideau Re-Indicted On Murder Charges

download:   Audio Get CD/DVD More Formats
DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

The celebrated African-American author and editor, Wilbert Rideau, was re-indicted several days ago on murdercharges.

Shackled hand and foot and wearing a bulletproof vest, Rideau was taken from the state penitentiary at Angola andreturned to Lake Charles, where he faces his fourth trial in the 1961 murder of a bank teller.

His murder conviction was overturned by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December because blacks wereimproperly excluded from the grand jury. But the Calscasieu Parish District Attorney Rick Bryant vowed to tryRideau again rather than let him go free.

The award-winning prison journalist has already spent 39 years in prison in Angola. After initially being turneddown for a position on the prison publication, The Angolite, which had an all-white staff, Rideau started apublication of his own called The Lifer, and wrote a column for black newspapers. In 1976, he was namededitor of The Angolite and used the magazine to examine such topics as inmate suicide, rape, riots,executions and prisoner rights.

Under his leadership, the magazine was showered with honors, including the George Polk Award for special interestreporting, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award.

Guest:

  • George Kendall, lawyer for Wilbert Rideau.

Related link:

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    2014-0730_siegman1
    "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In...

Headlines

    There are no headlines for this date.


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.