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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.9.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.9.16

Five justices voted to stay the execution of Tommy Arthur as the high court considers whether to take up his challenge to Alabama’s death penalty procedure. “On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court stated Arthur's request for a writ of certiorari – or review - would be distributed for the court's conference on Nov. 22. At that conference the court will decide whether to consider Arthur's appeal of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denial of his challenge to Alabama's lethal injection method of execution. It also will consider whether to review his appeal of the Alabama Supreme Court's denial of his appeal that Alabama's death sentence law is like the one in Florida that SCOTUS struck down in January. The decision on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will review either of Arthur's appeals, or none at all, will likely be issued the following Monday, Nov. 28.” alcom

In response to the stay Sen. Trip Pittman R-Montrose filed a bill that would authorize Alabama to carry out executions by firing squad. In his statement he appears to believe that this bill will also be one way of addressing prison overcrowding and understaffing.

We received the National Association of Social Workers Alabama Chapter “Leading Change-Transforming Lives” newsletter and thank them for including us and for all that they are doing. Our effectiveness and our reach depend on our supporters, individuals as well as organizations. We appreciate all!

We thank all who worked so hard in California, Nebraska and Oklahoma to stop “legalized homicide” in your states. For a state like ours which is in love with the death penalty you represented hope, a better America. We mourn with you and pledge to redouble our efforts to work for justice for all.

And finally and most importantly please do your part and contact the Governor about the upcoming execution of Ronald Smith, our Chairman, whose date is December 8th.  http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts Thank you to all of you who have already done so!

See you next week,