Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.13.16
Last week the Alabama Senate voted 20-6 to create a new commission to review innocence claims by death row inmates whose appeals have been exhausted. As we commented on face book, shame on the legislators who bowed to pressure and removed the one year moratorium which had been part of the original bill and which could have helped more than “at best one or two”. We agree that innocence is a compelling issue, but believe that the many injustices inherent in the application of the death penalty are equally important. And no, they are often not remedied by the time the state prepares to kill!
If you have wondered where we stand on the recent demonstration outside Holman and the other recent events at the prison, we want to be clear that we were founded to abolish the death penalty and this remains our only issue.
We are pleased that Governor Terry McAuliffe did not permit the electric chair to become a mandatory form of execution in Virginia. Unfortunately there was a price to pay for this veto. What will be in this special batch of lethal drugs to be developed which the Governor is allowing to be developed in secrecy? We will never know unless SCOTUS strikes down the secrecy bills.
Vernon Madison May 12th execution date remains active. Madison's attorney in February filed a motion seeking to stop his execution, saying Madison suffers "from significant cognitive decline, acute mental health disorders, and severe medical problems that render him incompetent to be executed." A Mobile County judge has set an April 14 competency hearing for Madison. Meanwhile you can continue to write the Governor and will find the Talking Points by clicking on: http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts. Our thanks to all!
See you next week!