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EXECUTION ALERT!! | Talking Points | Jason Williams | May 19, 2011 | EXECUTION ALERT!!

Talking Points for Jason Williams. Please contact the Governor!

Please contact Governor Robert Bentley and ask him to stay this execution and all others and to institute a moratorium during which Alabama's capital punishment system could be thoroughly studied and proposals implemented.

THE HONORABLE GOVERNOR ROBERT BENTLEY

STATE CAPITOL N 104
600 Dexter Ave
MONTGOMERY, AL 36130 2751 
PHONE 1-334-242-7100
FAX: 1-334-242-3282
Email: http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/contact_form.aspx

Suggested Talking Points for Jason Williams

1.  Atkins issue, (mental retardation), was never fully litigated. This, when combined with chronic drug and alcohol addiction makes issue of intent questionable.

2. Alabama ought to delay all executions to allow for a thorough study of its capital punishment process and consider the serious objections raised as to how it administers the death penalty. Alabama still has not passed bills to bring the state in compliance
 with federal laws. Atkins and Roper. (Juveniles)

3. Alabama executed five people in 2010 and was third in the nation for number of executions.

4. According to Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, capital punishment is growing more infrequent nationally, but in 2010 Alabama sent more people to death row than any other state!

5. Alabama is notorious for its unique law that allows a judge to override without limitations the recommendations of a jury for life in a capital case and order death instead of life without parole.

6. Alabama is also notorious for failing to guarantee legal representation for inmates appealing their capital convictions and we are the only state with no state-wide public defenders’ office.

7. Income and race are factors and a number of caveats in recent post conviction DNA legislation limit accessibility to DNA testing.