Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.18.16
Last Thursday was a rollercoaster which thankfully ended well for all of us at Holman and for many of our friends and families. The Eleventh Circuit issued a stay, scheduling Oral Arguments on Vernon Madison’s competency issues in Atlanta for June 23rd. The State of Alabama appealed this stay to the U.S. Supreme Court and as that court locked in a 4-4 vote, the lower court’s ruling stayed in place. Justice Kennedy, who is looked on as a swing vote, regrettably voted to lift the stay.
For those of our friends not living in Alabama this serves as one more example how Alabama, which is unable to adequately fund healthcare and education, has no problems squandering tax payer’s money on state murder. Our state continues to lead the nation in per capita death sentences!
Before we move on we would like to thank our friends in Birmingham who attended the Political Protest noon day Vigil held on every day of executions and organized by JAM. We are pleased to report that the rally was well attended and that there were some new faces.
In major news “the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced on Friday that it has imposed sweeping controls on the distribution of its products to ensure that none are used in lethal injections, a step that closes off the last remaining open-market source of drugs used in executions.” Will Alabama now turn to illegal methods, importing drugs across state lines? The DOC refuses to answer questions thereby violating the Freedom of Information Act and states that the latest developments will not affect its ability to carry out executions.
Esther attended the final service conducted by the Rev. Diana Allende at the United Unitarian church in Auburn. Rev Allende is retiring and this gives us an opportunity to tell her how grateful we are for her support for so many years, hosting dignitaries such as Senator Hank Sanders and Bill Pelke of Journey of Hope among others. Thank you, Diana from all of us!
See you next week!