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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.25.20

                          Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 11.25.20

Last Friday the attorneys for Calvin McMillan in a petition for certiorari asked the Supreme Court to rule that his death sentence where the judge overruled the recommendation of a jury of his peers for life represents cruel and unusual punishment. A couple of years ago that practice was scrapped but was not made retroactive and so at this point 32 of 35 death row inmates with this now illegal sentence in the nation are in Alabama. Calvin McMillan is one of these. We quote from an article in The New Republic “The Supreme Court Faces a Matter of Life and Death” “The Supreme Court’s conservative majority is not known for its solicitude toward death-row prisoners, to say the least. But it has shown a willingness to intervene in cases involving unusual practices that minimize a jury’s role in the outcome of trials.” We regret to say that on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition and therefore denied to review the constitutionality of a death sentence imposed by a judge who overrode a jury’s recommendation for life. Very disappointing!

While the shameful federal executions continue, and all executions are shameful, we welcome this statement from President elect Biden’s transition spokesman, T.J. Ducklo, who told NPR: "The president-elect opposes the death penalty, now and in the future, and as president will work to end its use."

 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means that today is our traditional Thanksgiving party. Of course we took care of phadp business first but then it was time to celebrate and to enjoy the casseroles the chefs among us had prepared, plus a variety of snacks. Lots of thought and planning goes into our Thanksgiving as well as into our Christmas parties but it is all done with love and that shows. And so yes, a good time was had by all and if some of us ate more than was comfortable perhaps that is also part of the Thanksgiving tradition? What is important was that we were thankful for what we do have and did not waste the togetherness regretting what we don’t. We wish all of you the same! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Party or no party we did complete work on the Christmas edition of Wings of Hope today. It is on its way to Esther and once there will be delivered to the printer without delay.

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. Thank you also to all who took the time to read our notes, commented, liked and shared them on Facebook. You encourage us and make all the difference. Please stay safe!        

                                                                                     Esther