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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.17.17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 5.17.17

The Talking Point for both Tommy Arthur, May 25th and Robert Melson, June 8th are also up on our website at http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts as well as on our Facebook page.  Please 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 and our thanks to all those who already did. Also thank you to Alabama New South Coalition for forwarding the Talking Points and to friends who shared our appeal for action on Facebook.

Arthur’s appeal filed after the prison system refused his public records request seeking logs and other records from the last 2 executions was denied. A judge ruled Monday, May 15, 2017, that Alabama can keep secret its records from recent lethal injections, including documents about Ronald B. Smith who coughed for the first 13 minutes of the procedure.

We appreciate Alabama Arise’s shout out to its members “Alabama Arise opposes SB 187 (Ward), which reduces appeal time in Alabama capital cases. Appeals of death sentences deserve full deliberation, not a rush to execute.” Thank you to all who contacted their legislators. Yesterday the bill was voted on by the full House and passed. It now returns to the Senate for reconciliation. The House did approve Rep. Chris England’s amendment to increase the cap on state-paid indigent defense from $1,500 to $7,500. Has anyone hired an attorney lately? If so you know that $7,500 is still chicken feed!

We are working on the next edition of Wings of Hope. As always this is not an easy task but we are determined to be The Other Voice, our mission as identified by one of our founders Jesse Morrison 29 years ago.

We received the following thank you for being a co-sponsor from the Abolitionist Action Committee: “I want to thank you for your generous donation to this summer’s Abolitionist Action Committee activities in Washington, DC. We are busy getting ready for the 24th annual Fast and Vigil and your support is vital to our success. So thank you! Each year from June 29 through July 2 we hold our "Starvin' for Justice: Fast and Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty" outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.” You can read more about this at http://www.abolition.org/fastandvigil .

See you next week!