Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.25.17
Last week Anthony Tyson who had been the acting Chairman officially became the Chairman of our organization. Bart Johnson moved up to the position of Vice-Chair. Jeffery Lee is now our Secretary/Treasurer, Jessie Phillips is our Coordinator, Anthony Boyd because he is a master at keeping order remained in the important position of Sergeant at Arms and Randy Lewis carries on as our Information Director. These are all important positions with their specific duties.
Today we welcomed 2 new members to our Sub-Board, Nicholas Smith and Sherman Collins. They will now attend our Board meetings and learn what we are all about. Welcome on board!
The U.S. Supreme Court said it won’t review 3 Alabama Hurst death penalty appeals, which included one by Thomas Arthur. The Court has not as yet ruled on Arthur’s lethal injection appeal and stated in its order that its stay of execution will remain in place pending Arthur's request for the court to review his appeals. If the court refuses to review his appeals, the stay would automatically go away.
We now stand alone as the only state with judicial override.
Last week Virginia executed Ricky Gray in what appears to have been another botched execution. The execution, which was the first in the U.S. to use a compounded version of the drug midazolam, took more than 30 minutes, with witnesses reporting that Gray shows signs of reacting to the execution drugs, even after corrections personnel performed a consciousness check.
And last week in our neighbor state Georgia, which last year executed more people than any other, a group called Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty launched an effort to get the state’s voters to reconsider “a system that is more expensive than life in prison, and in which the innocent have too often been convicted."
See you next week!