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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 11.25.15

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 11.25.2015

We are very sorry to have to report that Christopher Brooks was called to the Warden’s office and given a January 21st execution date. "This action is premature," wrote John Palombi in an email. Palombi is an assistant federal defender for the Middle District of Alabama who represents Brooks. "A final evidentiary hearing for the other five plaintiffs is scheduled for April 19, 2016, less than five months away.” The Board is in the process of crafting a petition which we will be releasing shortly.

We discussed a welcome article on the fallibility of forensic science in the Boston Review, Forensic Pseudoscience. As long as there is there a human factor to any test it is fallible and can be manipulated.  “The mounting horror stories, and the extent of corruption and dysfunction, have created a moment of crisis in forensic science. But the real question is not just how serious the problems are, but whether it is even possible to fix them. There are reasons to suspect that the trouble with forensics is built into its foundation—that, indeed, forensics can never attain reliable scientific status.”

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Donald Blocker has graciously accepted the title of Spiritual Advisor for our organization. So many of us at Holman owe him so much for his unwavering and faithful dedication!

The Holman Christmas card competition is now closed and the winners are: First prize, Albert Mack; Second prize, Oscar Doster; Third prize, Christopher Price. Congratulations and enjoy your winnings!

And finally as we celebrated Thanksgiving with a small party during our Board meeting we thought of our families, friends and supporters. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and we are thankful for all of you! We especially want to lift up members of our Advisory Board who work so hard to get the word out. You know who you are, and also know that we appreciate you. Happy Thanksgiving also to our sister organization Oppose and thank you!

See you next week!