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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.3.18

 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.3.18

Yesterday Bryan A. Stevenson presented oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court about the constitutionality of executing Vernon Madison who has had multiple serious strokes, suffers from vascular dementia, cannot walk unassisted, is incontinent, whose speech is slurred and who no longer remembers what brought him to death row. In addition, it is undisputed that Madison dating back to adolescence has suffered from mental illness marked by paranoid delusions.

In an excellent article in the Washington Post “George Will: America should do away with the death penalty” all the above and more is brilliantly detailed, including what went wrong at the first two trials, Alabama style. (i.e. all white jury). George Will speaks of “moral vertigo”, a great phrase which we feel all should experience. He points out that what proponents of capital punishment lift up as the reason why we need to kill, retribution, is obviously void when the individual no longer remembers the event or the name of the victim.

The new session of the U.S. Supreme Court began on Monday. At this point there are only 8 Justices and we may see unsatisfactory tie votes. This would mean that the ruling of the lower court which denied Madison stands Is it perhaps a reflection of the bitter divisiveness in our country which dictates that all lose, we especially who depend on justice from the courts.

In any event there was much for us to discuss, including the need to encourage relatives and friends to help get out the vote for November 6th.

 See you next week!

 

                                                                                    Esther

 

 

 

 

 

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