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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.12.19

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 6.12.19

“On June 7, National Public Radio and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press asked the Supreme Court of the United States to unseal significantly redacted legal briefs filed in a case before the court about whether the use of midazolam — a controversial sedative increasingly used in death penalty executions — would violate an inmate’s Eighth Amendment protections against “cruel and unusual punishment.” The case was that of Christopher Lee Price and the redaction came at the request of the Alabama A.G.’s office to guard the secret of its execution protocol. Needless to say we will be following the outcome of this with interest.

The 5 hour hearing last Thursday for Toforest Johnson who is seeking a new trial ended with no decision. The judge is expected to consider the evidence that argues prosecutors withheld information about a $5000 reward payment to a key witness to determine whether the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office committed what’s known as a Brady violation.

As we mentioned last week the latest edition of Wings of Hope is on its way. In it we celebrate 30 years of our organization Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty. We are we think rightfully proud that we are all part of realizing our founders’ dreams.

We are the only death row organization in the country and although our focus is Alabama our newsletter has been requested and is sent to some death rows in other states. We are inclusive not exclusive.

The Alabama DOC is in the process of transferring its inmate phone business to another provider. During the transition some delays or difficulties making calls can be expected. These should be resolved once the transfer has been completed.

We continue to thank anonymous donors who gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button and of course also those who gave directly. We would also like to welcome the new members who joined our email list last week. We are encouraged by the kind messages we receive which are all forwarded to the Board. Stay tuned for details about an exciting new partnership thanks to Advisory Board Member Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy. See you next week!