41 years and counting, that's how long
, one of the two remaining imprisoned members of the
three has spent in
murder conviction of
, despite maintaining his innocence. at 71,
has been diagnosed with
and is gravely ill, yet he is still on lockdown. joining me is nick tranacosta, one of knicks
's attorneys. thank you for joining me. first of all, tell me about mr.
he's gravely ill, for sure. he's lost about 55 pounds in four months and he is being treated completely negligently. i would say he's being killed through intelligenceal neglect.
and is he still in solitary confineme confinement?
presently, he's in a hospital.
okay. i got a letter from mr.
right after i wrote my letter to attorney general
, asking him to reconsider the situation of
three, a lovely note from mr.
. remind our viewers who know a little bit about it, what the kind of controversy around the
penitentiary was nothing but a cauldron of violence and brutality. and herbert
, and abert king arrived there as
members. their mission was to stop the brutality. because of that, they were challenging a plantation, they were challenging the status quo at a plantation where brutality worked to the advantage of the overseers.
was killed. they immediately said, let's go round up the panthers. they must have done it. the trials were nothing but kangaroo courts. prosecutor misconduct, discrimination on juries,
, the list goes on and on.
so here we are now, 41 years later,
, and asking for compassionate release. he is at all points, always maintained that he is innocent. is there any likelihood that mr.
will get compassionate release, as an elderly gentleman, who is going to die?
i don't think so. and part of the reason is, the
state of louisiana
in the past six years has spent $6 million in lawyer fees to keep a 71-year-old man in
. and to fight his
case. that's our taxpayers' money. $6 million,
decides should be spent here.
is this indicative to have what our
criminal justice system
is, or is this an outlier?
criminal justice system
frustrates justice, especially post-trial. prosecutors do not want to admit mistakes. judges do not want to admit mistakes. if the
happened, you were found guilty, case closed. and we know now, through dna exonerations, that there are many innocent people in prison. but for the fact that dna has allowed them to prove their innocence, they would still be locked up.
well, we in nerdland will keep mr.
in our thoughts and prayers. and thank you for your continuing work and the continuing work of
to keep him in the spotlight.
thank you very much.
coming up, a
. and how it portrays african-american women. we're at the essence festival and you know we're going to talk about that. that's next.