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Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty is an Alabama death row prisoner founded and run organization, established in 1989.

Our mission is to work together with friends and other supporters to educate the public and to bring about the abolition of the death penalty in Alabama.

Weekly Board Meeting from Holman Prison 09-14-11

Sep
14

The focus was on our continued efforts to stop the execution of Derrick on the 22nd. I reported on the event with Angela Davis in Montgomery last week and spoke about the outpouring of support for Derrick. We discussed the impact of Judge Little, the sentencing judge, changing his mind about Derrick's death sentence and our hope that Governor Bentley has the courage to grant a stay. Derrick once more asked me to express his thanks and appreciation to all. If there is no stay, this will have been Derrick's last board meeting. See you next week! Esther


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Antoinette Bosco, Mother of Murder Victims, Advisory Board Member on behalf of Derrick Mason

Sep
13

Antoinette Bosco, mother of murder victims, author, Advisory Board Member, friend

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Sentencing judge asks Governor to commute Derrick Mason's sentence

Sep
09

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Retired Madison County Circuit Court Judge Loyd Little wants the governor to commute the death sentence for an inmate who Little sentenced to death for killing a Huntsville convenience store clerk.


Retired Madison County District Attorney Tim Morgan, who prosecuted the capital murder case of Derrick Mason, called Little's action "cowardly" and "unprofessional."

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John Earl's email on behalf of Derrick Mason

Sep
08

Please grant a stay of execution for Derrick Mason for the following reasons:.



Cases with death penalty issues very similar to Derrick Mason’s will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in October.



The current use of pentobarbital as an execution drug by the state has been challenged by experts and from the medical field.  The pharmaceutical maker of the drug does not consider it effective as an execution drug.
 
Alabama has no clear and carefully documented execution protocols.



 

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Attorney Jack Carney on behalf of Derrick Mason

Sep
07

Dear Governor Bentley:


 

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Esther Brown on behalf of Derrick Mason

Sep
07

Dear Governor Bentley,


I am writing to ask you to stop the execution of Derrick O’Neal Mason, scheduled to be carried out on September 22, 2011. As I am quite sure you understand from knowing the background of this case, the Cory Maples case which will be heard on October 4th by the U.S. Supreme Court has an issue similar to Derrick Mason. A positive ruling would affect his case.

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Judy Collins on Behalf of Derrick Mason

Sep
07

Dear Governor Bentley

I write you with an urgent plea--please delay the September 22nd execution date for Derrick O’Neal Mason.

As you know, DerrickMason’s case has some of the same legal issues which will be argued before the U. S. Supreme Court on October 4th regarding Alabamian Cory Maples’ case. Surely we must not hasten to kill someone when there is the possibility new light will be shed on his case through federal litigation regarding another case.

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Anne Hall on Behalf of Derrick Mason

Sep
07

As Governor, you are an extremely valuable component of the justice system.  You contribute compassion and grace to a system that is often unable to consider both.  You have a tremendous responsibility of deciding whether to modify sentences when they do not serve the public interest or meet evolving standards of decency, or whenever the exercise of merciful intervention seems appropriate and just.  I come to you now pleading for the life of Derrick O’Neal Mason, who is scheduled to be executed on September the 22nd.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.7.11

Sep
07



Reported to the Board on the many letters written on Derrick's behalf. I asked for Derrick's input for the radio interview shceduled on WE UP Radio with David Person for this afternoon. Derrick asked me to let the listeners know just how much he appreciates their support. He expressed the hope that the message to slow down and understand that all life is precious could somehow reach young men. We had a celebration of life event and sang Happy Birthday to Anthony Boyd. See you next week! Esther

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