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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 11.16.16

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.16.16

Federal Judge Watkins may allow Alabama to change its lethal injection method for the Dec. 8 execution of Ronald B. Smith."Because Mr. Smith has pled it and offered the option as viable, readily implemented and available, defendants (Alabama) have accepted the offer," Watkins writes in his order. “All the parties agree that midazolam is available, it is feasible, it is readily implementable, and it is not risky with regard to unnecessary pain and suffering”.

We ask that you to please 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!

Republican Alabama legislators are considering filing bills to shorten the death penalty appeals process in the next legislative session, in line with Texas, in order to save money and time. In response Senator Hank Sanders, D-Selma stated:  “Just from a practical point of view, we ought not be in the business of killing people.” Once again there will be a bill in the Legislature next year to repeal the death penalty. It’s perennial legislation from Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma. “I feel like it’s a tremendous waste of time and money,” Sanders said Friday. “And I think it’s a waste of life.” A piece of good news is that new top prosecutors are preparing to take over the Bessemer and Birmingham divisions and both have reservations about the death penalty.

We appreciated Tim Lockette of the Anniston Star asking us for input for his in depth article “Lawmaker Proposes Firing Squad, Nitrogen for Executions. “This situation of asking them to come up with ways they want to be killed, it’s grotesque,” said Esther Brown, director of Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty. “I don’t know why people aren’t outraged at this.”

Under the dedicated leadership of our Chairman Ron we are doing our best to meet our obligations and so today is the last day for the Board to submit their articles for the Christmas edition.

And talking about Christmas, we are very grateful to several organizations and to four friends who are organizing Christmas cards for death row. The most recent organizations are The Extended Family Network and the International Action Network Against the Death Penalty. We have put a link on our website which makes it possible for our friends to join. http://www.phadp.org/?q=node/615 Our warmest thanks and appreciation. You make a difference!

Thank you also to activist Dawn DuPree Kelley along with Robyn Hyden for including our organization among the ones making a difference in our state and for encouraging active engagement. To quote Robyn Hyden: “The way to make our country better is to take control of local institutions, to speak out and to organize ourselves, and not to just march to the polls every few years.”

See you next week,