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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.26.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 2.26.20


As previously stated the State of Alabama set March 5th as the execution date for Nathaniel Woods. For further insights into this case we recommend the in depth article by investigative journalist Lauren Gill who writes for TheAppeal.Org entitled “Alabama Prepares to Execute A Man Whose Case Is Haunted By Claims of Police Misconduct.”

We continue to ask our friends and supporters to contact Governor Ivey. You can find details on our website. Thank you to those who have already done so and a special thank you to our Advisory Board Member Judy Collins and Alabama Arise who lifted up the importance of Being the Other Voice in this matter yesterday on Arise’s Lobby Day. After Lobby Day Advisory Board Member Judy Collins and others visited Governor Kay Ivey’s office to deliver  letters requesting clemency and other relevant material, including the in depth article by Lauren Gill.  Thank you also to Witness to Innocence which will be submitting a letter to the Governor on Nathaniel’s behalf via Gary Drinkard and Randal Padgett. It would be great if any of you reading this would accompany Gary and Randal when they deliver this letter from Witness to Innocence next Tuesday. Please contact us for the details.

Our thanks and appreciation to the Montgomery Advertiser for its article which will appear tomorrow: “Plea to Governor Ivey: Stop execution of man for crime he did not commit.”

An issue that is also very much on our mind is S.B. 200 which has as its goal to expedite executions by cutting out the Alabama Supreme Court. Journalist Kyle Whitmore in his article “How can Alabama speed up executions? Lawmakers want to cut out state Supreme Court” points out that our Advisory Board Member Gary Drinkard not only got the chance of a new trial from that court but was found to be innocent. Interesting too that Senator Cam Ward is running for a seat on that very court! We also really took exception to the Senator’s statement which appeared to suggest that the death penalty ensures public safety and we will be addressing this directly with facts and figures in contrast to our legislators who pander to the uninformed voters with emotional misrepresentations. The ignorance and dishonesty displayed by many of our officials is truly discouraging!

Vernon Madison who suffered from severe physical and intellectual disabilities died this past week at Holman. R.I.P. Vernon! We believe that death came as a friend to spare him ongoing physical and mental suffering.

We continue to watch the progress, even though still from the sidelines, of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty around the nation. We have not given up on one day having a chapter here in Alabama and are diligently pursuing all possibilities.

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!

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