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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.7.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.7.18

A federal judge has stayed the lethal injection of Doyle Lee Hamm in order to have an independent medical expert review his claims that he is too sick to be executed. Chief U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre issued the written ruling Tuesday.

 We quote a tweet from Hamm’s attorney Professor Bernard E. Harcourt “UPDATE: federal court in Birmingham grants stay of execution of Doyle Hamm b/c significant likelihood of winning on the merits, and pushes case forward to discovery. Thank you Columbia Law Team.” One of the members of the law team has been in touch with us regarding the importance of contacting Governor Ivey and we brought him up to date on our actions in this regard. And speaking of actions, we appreciate the Rev. Jennifer Sanders of Birmingham for offering “some opportunities for letter writing” at Beloved Community Church starting last Sunday.

At the time of Vernon Madison’s stay it came to the attention of the Board that the E.U. Ambassador to the U.S. His Excellency David O’Sullivan had sent Governor Ivey “an urgent humanitarian appeal” in which he stated that the execution of the mentally disabled is “a contradiction of the minimum standards of human rights set forth in several international human rights documents.” The Board is in the process of drafting a letter to the ambassador not only to thank him and the E.U. for its stand against all executions but also to bring others with mental disabilities on Alabama’s death row to his attention.

A case in point is Jeffrey Borden whose stay was lifted despite the fact that he is severely mentally and emotionally ill since at least age 17 following a head injury and a 4 day coma. He is unable to process or comprehend simple facts, which means he is not a candidate for execution.

Last week saw the publication of Anthony Ray Hinton’s memoir The Sun Does Shine. This more or less coincides with the introduction of a bill in the legislature for compensation for the more than 30 years spent on death row. The State, not too surprisingly and shamelessly argues against it stating that Ray had not been found innocent! Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

At this point Doyle Lee Hamm’s execution is only two weeks away. Although at this point there is a stay this does not mean that the stay could not be lifted by a higher court. The continued importance of contacting Governor Ivey is highlighted by the fact that yesterday Attorney Harcourt filed a petition for clemency with Governor Kay Ivey, asking for her mercy. As already stated Hamm has been battling cranial and lymphatic cancer for over three years. Treatment has compromised his veins, and lethal injection would likely cause "cruel and needless pain".  Many of you have already contacted Governor Ivey on his behalf and we urge you to continue to do so. 

Honorable Governor Kay Ivey

STATE CAPITOL N 104

600 Dexter Ave

MONTGOMERY, AL 36130 2751  

PHONE 1-334-242-7100

FAX: 1-334-242-3282

Email: http://governor.alabama.gov/contact/ 

And thank you for being THE OTHER VOICE!

See you next week!

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