Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.19.16
Warmest congratulations to our friends in Florida on the ruling of its Supreme Court on Hurst and Perry. We are encouraged by this and trust that Alabama has the intelligence and the integrity to follow Florida’s lead by ruling jury override unconstitutional. “Alabama is the only other state that allows non-unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases. It also allows judges to override jury recommendations in capital cases.” Not only do we allow it our judges thrive on it with 20% of the men on death row being there because the judge chose to disregard the jury. Of course, the judge is the one who is elected; the jurors get paid and go home, leaving the judge to cater to the mob.
Through our contact button on our website we heard from the new Director of the Office of Family Life for the Archdiocese of Mobile. This office also coordinates the Respect Life efforts of the archdiocese. The director expressed interest in our organization and ways we might work together to end the death penalty in Alabama. Welcome!
In addition and through the same contact button we heard from a student at New River Community College in VA wondering whether we would be willing to answer a few questions for a research paper on the death penalty. Of course! We are delighted when we hear from students. After all they are our hope for the future and how nice to get a shout out in a paper written in VA by a student who wants to major in Criminal Justice.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to consider William Kuenzel’s petition at a private meeting on Oct. 28. He is fortunate in having powerful advocates and we wish him well!
We were contacted by Professor Emeritus Philip D Hansten of the University of Washington who sent us a YouTube he finished a few days ago on the Death Penalty.
He wrote :”Constructive criticism welcome!” We shared it on our page on Facebook and recommend his well reasoned approach to an issue where all too often both sides have difficulties hearing the other.
We share a quote from Thomas Arthur’s attorneys: “Attorneys representing death row inmate Tommy Arthur said an appeal on his behalf will be one of the first cases to test a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in regards to death row inmate’s challenges to a state’s method of execution.” (Florence Times Daily)
And finally and most importantly please do your part and contact the Governor about the upcoming executions, in particular Thomas Arthur whose date is November 3rd! http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts Thank you to all of you who have already done so!
See you next week,