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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.19.20

                 Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.19.20

 

As previously stated the State of Alabama set March 5th as the execution date for Nathaniel Woods. There are many issues about this date first and foremost that Nathaniel was not the shooter, that his representation at trial was definitely ineffective and that some issues that should have been raised later were time barred due to ineffective assistance of counsel who had abandoned him without informing him that he had. Justice Alabama style!

 We have sent out the Talking Points and information on how to contact the Governor to ask for clemency and as always they are posted on our website. We suggested that you use the Governor’s statement “All Life is Sacred” although people on death row are apparently excluded! Our thanks to those who already contacted the Governor. We are in touch with Pamela Woods, Nathaniel’s sister who organized a petition to save her brother’s life. We encourage you to sign it

 

Esther has also written a letter which refers to a brief conversation with the Governor at a meeting with the Alabama State Convention of the NAACP’s President and Committee Chairs. At the gracious invitation of its President Benard Simelton the letter went out on AL State NAACP letter head. Thank you!

Alabama Arise Legislative Lobby Day is March 25th. Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

We highly recommend Stephen Cooper’s article “Just Mercy and justice don’t exist in Alabama.” A case in point is that on Tuesday Alabama Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth unveiled legislation that will shorten the appeals process and expedite the death penalty.“Justice should be swift but not stagnant,” Ainsworth said. Fine but first Alabama has to know something about justice which looking at its record it obviously doesn’t! The ignorance and naivete of the sponsoring lawmakers revealed by their remarks are frightening and disgusting!

Lots of hate filled rhetoric by our so called leaders at the legislature as Dem State Rep. John Rogers called for automatic death penalty with no appeals for convicted “cop killers.” The reassuring answer from Attorney John Palombi to this on Facebook was:  “Sigh. It’s all showboating. It wouldn’t be constitutional in any way shape or form.”

Word from Oklahoma that it has found the drugs needed to restart executions which were on hold after several botched executions makes us wonder about the provenance of the poison. Like Alabama it refuses to release the name of its drug dealer and yes, like the addict on the street!  

And in closing and as always, we continue to thank all our generous donors who either gave by going to our website and using the “donate” button or who gave directly. Our thanks to all who believe in what we do and stand with us. You make all the difference!

 

                                                                                 Esther