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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.6.17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.6.17

“A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit filed by four Alabama death-row inmates challenging the state's use of a controversial sedative at the start of lethal injections. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that a federal judge prematurely dismissed the inmates' claims. The judges ordered the lower court to hold an evidentiary hearing on whether midazolam will effectively render inmates unconscious during executions. John Palombi, a lawyer representing the inmates, said the 11th Circuit recognized that there are "serious questions" about the constitutionality of Alabama's procedure. Palombi said he will now ask courts to stay the execution of two inmates who are scheduled to be put to death in October.” As stated on Facebook on our page: we love our Federal Defenders!

This was great news with which to begin the long weekend nevertheless now is not the time to think we are home free. The Talking Points for both scheduled executions are up on Facebook as well as on our website at http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts . We used the following quotes by Attorney John Palombi who is representing both men:

"It was premature for the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date for Mr. McNabb. Mr. McNabb has a pending case in Montgomery Circuit Court challenging the legality of his death sentence after the Supreme Court's decision in Hurst v. Florida... This case was filed long before the State requested an execution date for Mr. McNabb, and the Circuit Court previously indicated that it wanted a hearing on the issue," he said.

"Jeffrey Borden is severely mentally ill, and has been since at least the age of 17, when he sustained a serious head injury that left him in a coma for four days and permanently damaged his judgment and ability to control his impulses. The same principles that exempt the intellectually disabled and people who committed crimes before the age of 18 from being executed apply to cases like Mr. Borden's, where the individual who committed the crime had a diminished ability to control himself or understand the full implications of his actions." 

Esther participated in the SOS weekly calls where she was given the opportunity to raise the above issues with leaders of other Alabama organizations which for years have been supportive of our issues. We appreciate and thank them!

The phone at Holman continues to be out on several tiers which is making communication difficult. But to end on a positive note, a great big thank you to Brandon Fountain who is in charge of Development, our webmaster and as he wrote our friend always, and that when doing this kind of work means a lot!

 See you next week!

                                                      Esther