Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.5.16
“The Supreme Court of Alabama has upheld the state's capital murder sentencing scheme, which signifies Alabama is the last state in the country that allows for this type of scheme. Essentially the ruling allows for judicial override, which means a judge can impose the death penalty even after a jury has recommended a lesser sentence.” (Montgomery Advertiser). Although most of us have surely stopped being surprised at any ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court, it is still disappointing. The same holds true for the predictable sanctimonious comment from the Attorney General about this ruling being good for murder victim family members. Injustice heals? Please!
Bad news from Ohio which is seeking to restart executions! The indication is that Ohio has found a new major execution drug supplier.
On a positive note, the latest Pew Research Survey finds that less than 50% of U.S. Citizens now support the death penalty. That is the lowest since almost 50 years and one dares hope that we may eventually join most of the rest of the world in understanding that we need to EXECUTE JUSTICE NOT PEOPLE!
We attended the Alabama New South Coalition Fall Convention and were able to hand out copies of our Execution Alerts to many of the members. We also spoke with Senator Hank Sanders about the upcoming dates.
Tomorrow we will be attending the Interfaith Montgomery gathering at Huntingdon College in Montgomery which will feature a presentation by and discussion with representatives of the Federal Defenders Office in Montgomery. The meeting is the October 6th- at 12pm in the Stallworth Dining Room, just off the main Dining Hall.
“The conversation will focus on the death penalty in Alabama and its moral challenges. We will use the case of one particular death row inmate, currently seeking clemency from the governor as his last remaining avenue of appeal, to highlight some of these issues. As well, we hope to explore together how faith communities can and do play a role in ensuring justice and mercy in our state.
Sara Romano, an Investigator in that office, will lead our presentation, and will bring a lawyer who has worked on this case to answer legal questions. We look forward to hearing how or whether your various religious traditions would address this particular case, and/or speak to the broader questions of capital punishment and criminal justice.”
This event will also allow us to distribute our Execution Alert flyers to a particularly receptive audience. Please do your part and contact the Governor about the upcoming executions. http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts Thank you to all of you who have already done so!
See you next week,