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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.

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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AL Supreme Court Set October 20th As Execution Date for Christopher T. Johnson

Sep
17

Christopher Johnson, who represented himself at his own trial, gave up his appeals in May, stating that he did not want any pusued on his behalf.

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Judge Who Sentenced Derrick Mason to Death Asks Governor to Commute Sentence Before Scheduled Execution

Sep
16

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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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