Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.29.16
On Tuesday, a judge once more looked at whether Alabama’s death penalty is legal in a potential death penalty case in light of the Hurst ruling. This although two weeks ago the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled the state's death penalty sentencing scheme is legal. We quote Emory Anthony, the attorney’s argument: “You don' t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the supreme court is saying, 'Hey, guys...you all need to look at your statute. It's not constitutional.' So we feel good about it, whether the judge rules on it, the court of appeals of Alabama or the Supreme Court. We believe the Supreme Court of the United States will make the decision,” Anthony said.
The judge did not make a ruling on the issue on Tuesday, but rather continued it until July 11, saying he'd like to hear the attorney general's position on the matter before making a decision.
To reinforce the above argument Michael Woolf was granted Oral Arguments by the U.S. Supreme Court due to the Hurst ruling. It would seem as though it is way past time for Alabama courts to read the handwriting on the wall!
We will be thinking of all our friends participating in the 20th Annual Starvin for Justice to abolish the death penalty outside the U.S. Supreme Court from June 29th-July 2nd. Details are on our Facebook page!
We wish all of our friends a safe and happy 4th of July!