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Weekly Report, 3.16.16

Mar
16

Weekly Report, 3.16.16

We are pleased to be able to report that the Florida Hurst ruling is making itself felt in Alabama. One of our Board members who had asked for a rehearing based on the Hurst ruling got word that the U.S. Supreme Court had asked Alabama to respond to  the request. And that is exceptional and also brings hope to others.


In addition, around the state there are conflicting rulings by circuit judges whether the state’s death penalty law is legal, prompting several judges to decline to rule on its constitutionality. Bravo!

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.9.16

Mar
09

 

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.9.16

 

What a rollercoaster week this has been for us at Holman! The Alabama Supreme Court set an execution date for Vernon Madison for May 12th and the Attorney General’s office requested execution dates for Robert Melson  and for our Chairman, Ronald B. Smith.

 

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.2.16

Mar
02

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 3.2.16

S.B. 237 filed by Senator Brewbaker R. Montgomery and cosponsored by Senators Hightower, Whatley, Stutts, Marsh, Reed, Ward, Smitherman and Figures, made it out of committee by a 10-0 vote. It now moves to the full Senate. Our thanks and appreciation to Stephen Stetson, a lawyer of Alabama Arise for his skilled presentation in favor of the bill and the Innocence panel which he stated was needed “as recognition of human frailty in the justice system”.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.24.16

Feb
24

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.24.16

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.17.16

Feb
17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.17.16

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.3.16

Feb
03

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 2.3.16

We are proud that the law class at Holman offered by our Vice Chairman, Anthony Tyson is reaching out to all the men who are out of appeals. The topic will address the options remaining related to the Florida Hurst ruling as well as to the lethal injection protocol. A positive vehicle for mutual support!


The letters regarding the essay competition were mailed to the various principals. We look forward to their response.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.27.16

Jan
27

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.27.16


It most probably goes without saying that we are still stunned by the execution of Christopher Brooks last week. We discussed the potential repercussions for others,  and what, if anything, could be learned from this tragedy. The importance of staying on top of one’s case was a recurring topic for all of us.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.20.16

Jan
20

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.20.16

Christopher Brooks’ petition for an emergency stay, so that he could be part of the Midazolam litigation in April, was denied by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Criminal Appeals.  This petition is now before the US Supreme Court. The petition to the Alabama Supreme Court asking for a stay based on the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court which found the Florida sentencing scheme (similar to ours) unconstitutional was also denied.

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.13.16

Jan
13

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.13.16

At this point the execution date for Christopher Brooks remains active and we have sent out an Execution Alert asking all to contact Governor Bentley to ask for a stay. We thank all who have shared the petition for Christopher Brooks and all those who have already contacted the Governor. The petition is up on our website as well as on our face book page. On our website you can find it under Execution Alerts, and on face book it is anchored on our page. Please act!

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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.6.16

Jan
06

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison, 1.6.16

At this point the execution date for Christopher Brooks remains active and we have sent out an Execution Alert asking all to contact Governor Bentley to ask for a stay. We thank all who have shared the petition for Christopher Brooks and all those who have already contacted the Governor. The petition is up on our website as well as on our face book page. On our website you can find it under Execution Alerts, and on  face book it is anchored on our page.

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