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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.3.17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.3.17

The Talking Point for both Tommy Arthur, May 25th and Robert Melson, June 8th are up on our website at http://wwwphadp.org/?q=alerts as well as on our Facebook page.  We will also be sending them out and so we beg you if you ever wrote on behalf of any of us to previous Alabama governors or if you are a new friend, now is the time to write, email and to call. Governor Kay Ivey denied Tommy Arthur’s request for DNA testing of the wig.

We were contacted by Alex Kelly Director of Community Engagement Catholic Mobilizing Network to discuss joint strategizing for the upcoming executions. We are encouraged by the promise of assistance in the form of reaching out to catholic groups and organizations and asking them to contact Governor Ivey.

Anthony Ray Hinton wrote an excellent opinion piece for al.com about the so called Fair Justice Act, entitled “I was released from death row. Under the Fair Justice Act, I’d be dead.” Are any of our legislators listening who sponsored this bill and are voting for it, or perhaps even more egregious do any of them care?

Our thanks and appreciation to Senator Hank Sanders for filing S.B. 375 to make judicial override retroactive and also for having filed bills to repeal the death penalty and for a three year moratorium. Although the current legislative session is fast running out of time your call to Senator Cam Ward, head of Judiciary Committee requesting  hearings could help. 334 242 7873. Senator Hank Sanders has filed similar bills since 2000 and it is so important that these bills continue to be filed.   We are more grateful to him than can be adequately expressed. Thank you also to Advisory Board Member Judy Collins for getting the word out on this.

 Esther attended the Quarterly Meeting of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP in Selma. It was a great opportunity to educate, hand out flyers and encourage members to write or call the Governor about the upcoming executions. As always it was especially encouraging to speak to members of the College Division…our hope for the future!

Our organization once more became a Starvin’ for Justice sponsor of the Annual Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. June 29 through July 2nd. We will be with them in spirit!

The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a review of Taurus Carroll’s death penalty sentence due to questions of intellectual disability.

See you next week!