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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.21.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.21.18

Doyle Lee Hamm’s execution is tomorrow. The 11th Circuit had vacated the stay and ordered an emergency medical examination and also ordered the district court to make findings (in light of the exam) by 5pm on 2/20.  Yesterday in a memorandum opinion with the independent medical examination report, the district court denied a stay and allowed the case to move forward. At a closed hearing at the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Alabama, on Friday, February 16, 2018, Chief Judge Bowdre of the Northern District of Alabama had made tentative rulings, indicating that she was planning to allow the execution of Doyle Hamm to go forward so long as the state of Alabama does not seek peripheral venous access through the hands or arms, but only through the legs or feet. The attorneys appealed the district court’s ruling.

And just a little while ago in Unprecedented Development, Eleventh Circuit Injects Itself into State’s Execution Protocol and Orders State of Alabama to Provide Further Protections in Doyle Hamm Execution and we quote Attorney Harcourt:

“In another extraordinary moment in this unprecedented litigation over the special protocol needed for Doyle Hamm because of his lymphatic cancer and venous condition, it is the Eleventh Circuit this time that is interjecting itself right into the state’s method of execution. The Eleventh Circuit orders the state of Alabama to provide, in six hours:

1. A sworn affidavit by someone with knowledge and authority on the matter addressing whether Appellees will in fact follow the stipulation made on the record before the district court;

2. A sworn affidavit by someone with knowledge and authority on the matter addressing whether ultrasound technology and an “advanced level practitioner” (i.e., a CRNA, PA, or MD) will be present for Hamm’s execution; and

3. A sworn affidavit by someone with knowledge and authority on the matter indicating whether Appellees are in fact capable of administering an intravenous line through Hamm’s great saphenous veins.”

The men at Holman held their pre execution day vigil. They reported that it was very well attended and uplifting. Also, they were able to shout their encouragement to Doyle on his way to the visiting yard.

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!

                                                                                                                Esther