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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.4.18

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 4.4.18

Last week saw the end of the 2018 Alabama Legislative session which usually makes us breathe a sigh of relief especially when not too much damage has been inflicted. This time our feelings are bitter sweet as we say goodbye to Senator Hank Sanders. We understand that there will be and already are other legislators who stand against the death penalty but in all honesty it must be stated there are none who can fill his shoes for several reasons. It is difficult to know in what order to list these reasons for all of them were important. There was Senator Hank Sanders’ standing of seniority in the Senate and the respect he enjoyed from other senators. And of great importance to us there was his unwavering commitment to justice/abolition which meant that year after year he would file death penalty related bills. And then he was our friend and I am grateful to know that he will continue to be that. The words “Thank you” are so inadequate when it comes to our debt and gratitude to Senator Hank Sanders, but thank you!

 The Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama Media Group and The Associated Press have filed a joint motion to unseal Alabama's execution protocol on First Amendment grounds. Even though Doyle Hamm’s claim has been settled, “Yet the key evidence describing Alabama’s execution protocol remains sealed and, as a result, the public is unable to fully assess Hamm’s claim or to evaluate the manner in which it was resolved." The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama partially ruled Friday, granting the motion to intervene but reserving judgment on the motion to unseal the execution protocol.  

 

Some pundits are opining that the Attorney General did not have the authority to commute Doyle Hamm’s death sentence, only the Governor can do that. From what we read he did not commute the sentence, only said he would not seek an execution date which is not the same thing. Talk about wasting tax dollars with all these speculations!

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King we remember his legacy “Capital punishment is against the best judgment of modern criminology and, above all, against the highest expression of love in the nature of God.”

 

And finally please be The Other Voice on behalf of Walter Leroy Moody scheduled to be executed April 19th.

 

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/

See you next week!

                                                                                                                Esther