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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.4.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.4.16

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 held a competency hearing for Madison a couple of weeks ago in Mobile and ruled yesterday that Vernon Madison is competent to be executed. "Mr. Madison cannot independently recall the facts of the offense he is convicted of or the previous legal proceedings in his case," the EJI brief states. "Mr. Goff reported that Mr. Madison was unable to recollect the sequence of events from the offense, to his arrest, to his trial and could not recall the name of the victim." Shame on Alabama!

Please continue to write the Governor and will find the Talking Points by clicking on: http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts.  Our thanks to all who have already written and we have heard from many who have.

Among that group we would like to say a special thank you to the Rev. Cathy C. Hoop of the University Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa who let us know about a letter writing opportunity after their worship on behalf of Vernon Madison! What a wonderful example of faith in action which even included some of the children!

We would also like to thank the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, whose Quarterly meeting Esther attended, for sharing our Execution Alert,  Louis Richard for contacting Amnesty in Canada on Vernon’s behalf and other valiant members of our Advisory Board, Judy Collins and Ursula Malchau for their great letters to the Governor.

On Monday the U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED ALABAMA DEATH PENALTY MUST BE RE-EXAMINED BASED ON NEW LAW. While the request might not seem like much, it means that a majority of the eight justices on the court — so, at least five — decided that Hurst — itself an 8-1 decision only opposed by Justice Samuel Alito — likely has implications for Alabama’s death sentencing scheme. To say that we are hopeful is an understatement but seeing that we are not attorneys we will only report what we see on black and white or what our attorneys have given us permission to do so.

 We would like to thank Chaplain Browder, affectionately called Chap, and his ministry who were very present at Holman last week. We all so appreciate him and all the members of his ministry. You touch all of us!

See you next week!