Falsely Imprisoned Black Panther Ed Poindexter Appeals His Sentence

Edward Poindexter, the former head of the Omaha, Nebraska chapter of the Black Panthers, has filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the U.S. District Court of Nebraska. Poindexter’s petition seeks an order reversing his “illegal conviction and sentence” for the 1970 murder of an Omaha policeman.

Poindexter and his co-defendant Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice) were convicted following a controversial trial tainted by COINTELPRO tactics. Operation COINTELPRO, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s illegal war on American political activists, was unknown to the public at the time of Minard’s death and was officially terminated shortly after Poindexter’s 1971 trial.

The appeal is mainly around the fact that a 911 tape recording the bomber’s voice was kept secret from the public. This was an order given by FBI Direct J. Edgar Hoover.  A copy of the tape (the original was destroyed) surfaced years later and the voice on there contradicts testimony given by Duane Peak, who claimed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa carried out the bombing.

Read the rest of the article here.

Also check out Denver ABC’s profile of Ed Poindexter here as well as his codefendant in the “Nebraska 2” case Mondo we Langa here.

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