Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.11.16
Vernon Madison’s May 12th execution date remains active and he was moved to the death cell yesterday. Madison's attorney had 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 that Vernon Madison is competent to be executed. In the latest appeal Attorneys are asking a judge to stay the execution set for Thursday and resentence Vernon Madison to life without parole based on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
Please continue to call the Governor! You will find the Talking Points by clicking on: http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts. Our thanks to all who have contacted the Governor!
In a letter to Advisory Board Member Judy Collins the Governor wrote that “my legal staff reviews all pending executions to determine whether executive clemency is warranted. I will then consider their recommendation, along with all other facts and circumstances, in making my decision as to whether or not it is justifiable to overrule the jury verdict and sentence, which were part of our judicial system.”
The 2016 Legislative session is over and as was noted in the excellent update by our friends of Alabama Arise, no bills concerning the death penalty were passed.
Inspired by the Quarterly Political Action Committee Report for the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP given by its chair Jerry Burnet which focused on the importance of voting and registering to vote, we decided that we would do our small part in this effort. We are in the process of reaching out to friends and family asking them to register to vote and providing them with the necessary information and contacts on how to do this. Every vote counts!
And finally our thanks to Stephen Cooper, attorney and now journalist, for the mention of our organization in his article “Eight $100 million dollar ideas for prison reform in Alabama.”
We will be in touch if there is a stay!
See you next week!