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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.

Derrick O Mason 09.22.11

Sep
22

Friends,

We are heartbroken to have to announce that the State of Alabama took the life of Derrick O. Mason, Executive Board Member of our organization, our much loved brother and friend tonight at Holman Prison. Our thoughts and prayers are with Derrick’s parents, his brother and sister in law and other family members and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are also with Derrick’s family at Holman. We mourn Derrick deeply.

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Govenor Bentley will not Commute Derrick Mason's Sentence

Sep
21

This afternoon Governor Bentley's press secretary informed the press that the Governor would not intervene and commute Derrick Mason's sentence to life, as requested by the sentencing judge. One of the reasons cited was the fact that the jury had recommended a death sentence.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 09.21.11

Sep
21

Reported to the Board on recent developments in Derrick's fight for justice. We fight for all Alabama death row prisoners, but Derrick being a member of the Executive Board means we are fighting for a family member. I can't express how hard this is for us but we are not giving up. I will be speaking with Derrick later on this afternoon/evening. Please call the Governor! See you next week, Esther

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Derrick Mason asked for forgiveness of the family of murder victim Angela Cagle years ago

Sep
21

Friends,

Murder is a tragedy, which affects not only the murder victim but also the family left behind. The family feels a deep sense of loss because there is no way that the precious life lost can be restored, not even by the death of the one who took it.

Some convicted of murder, driven by deep remorse, apologize to the bereaved and wronged family, as did Derrick Mason to the family of Angela Cagle. He did this many years ago by letter, not prompted by an imminent execution date, but driven by deep remorse and sadness for the parents' loss of their precious daughter, Angela Cagle. 

Angela Cagle's father was gracious enough to respond to Derrick Mason. He told Derrick to give his life to God. This he has done.

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OUR VIEW: Gov. Robert Bentley should commute death sentence of Derrick O'Neal Mason, as judge who presided over Mason's case suggests

Sep
21

OUR VIEW: Gov. Robert Bentley should commute death sentence of Derrick O'Neal Mason, as judge who presided over Mason's case suggests
Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 5:45 AM     Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:44 AM
 By Birmingham News editorial board The Birmingham News
 

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Vigil at the Madison Court House by the Huntsville Madison County branch of the AL State Conference of the NAACP

Sep
20

We are grateful to announce that the Huntsville Madison Co branch of the AL State Conference of the NAACP will be holding a vigil tonight on the west side of the Madison Co Court House at 6:30 p.m. to ask for justice for Derrick Mason.

It was at this court house that Derrick Mason was given a death sentence. He was represented, to quote Judge Little, the presiding judge, by 2 attorneys who had absolutely no experience in capital litigation before the trial. Of himself Judge Little courageously wrote to Governo Bentley, I know that if the Mason case had been tried by me at a later date, with more experience and exposure to capital cases, a different decision would have been made in sentencing. I would have imposed LIFE, WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

Huntsville friends, please support this vigil in support of justice for Derrick Mason, and thank you to my NAACP family!

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Execution Day Vigils 9.22.11

Sep
20

If there is no stay, the State of Alabama is preparing to execute Derrick Mason on Thursday, 9.22.11 at 6 p.m. at Holman State Prison. Below are the vigils around the state. Please support them and remember that it is not too late to call or fax the Governor and that it is never too late to protest all killing. PHONE 1-334-242-7100
FAX: 1-334-242-3282 Email: http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/contact_form.aspx


 


Thank you for all you do.


 


Esther


 

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