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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.10.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 1.10.18


The Alabama legislative session began yesterday and must end no later than 4.23.18 so that legislators up for reelection can have time to meet and greet potential voters. Experience tells us not to expect any positive developments from the session, in fact we are always grateful when it is over without too much harm having been done and the legislators have gone home. A glaring and wonderful exception is of course Senator Hank Sanders who has introduced anti-death penalty bills for years and a small group of legislators who he has inspired to do likewise. We are grateful for that beacon of hope and integrity!

Nationally we joined abolitionists in hoping that the U.S. Supreme Court during its 4th conferencing on this issue would decide to hear the Hidalgo versus Arizona case. On Monday there was no decision and although it was relisted no date for the hearing was set.  If one is very optimistic, which is what we want to be, experts believe a favorable ruling could lead to abolition. And yes, we are aware of the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court but maybe common sense could prevail?

If we could award a best death penalty journalist of the year award it would without a doubt go to Stephen Cooper. Again and again he is right on target as his Public Comment in The Berkeley Daily Planet “Call Lethal Injection the Vile Torture It is” reveals. Yes, please, please call a spade a spade! Recommended reading for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices and everyone else too!

As always as an execution date nears there is a flurry of appeals. We quote Vernon Madison’s attorney about the latest ruling: "The Supreme Court has not concluded that Mr. Madison is competent to be executed; the Court has made it clear that is an unresolved question. What the Court said is that a federal court constrained by the restrictions imposed by federal habeas law cannot make that determination.  The Court's decision denying rehearing affirms that judgment but Mr. Madison's competence to be executed is still yet to be decided.”


Thank you to those who have already written to Governor Ivey on behalf of Vernon Madison and Doyle Hamm. We shared two of those letters with you but do want to assure you that phone calls and emails also help. Most of us make at least one phone call a day, so how about picking up that phone right now, dialing Governor Ivey’s office at 1-334-242-7100 and asking the pleasant secretary to ask the Governor to grant clemency to Vernon Madison and Doyle Lee Hamm. It really is as simple as that!

Vernon Madison’s execution date is 1.25.18 and  Doyle Lee Hamm”s execution date is 2.22.18. The Talking Points for both men are up on our Facebook page as well as on our website under Execution Alerts.  Please contact Governor Ivey and BE THE OTHER VOICE!

See you next week!