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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.9.17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.9.17

 

"Well, I'm kind of fond of the death penalty," said Rich. "I think we need the death penalty in the state of Alabama, so we're continuing to fight the Equal Justice Initiative and big law firms who have millions of dollars and want to come down here and reverse all of our death penalty cases." Ashley Rich is the Mobile County District Attorney.

We were pleased by the strong reaction of our friends on Facebook to these unprofessional and ugly comments which included calling EJI a “pesky little group.” Could Rich not be aware of the fact that as Alabama is the only state not to provide post conviction representation out of state law firms are needed to provide a semblance of justice? One wonders!  Our overseas Advisory Board Member, Ursula Malchau wrote an on the point Commentary which we are publishing in the upcoming edition of Wings of Hope.

From the Washington Post regarding the refusal of the state to compensate Anthony Ray Hinton for the nearly 30 years spent on death row for a crime he did not commit and the unfair Fair Justice Act: “It’s nice to know where the Alabama legislature’s priorities lie, here. Instead of compensating a wrongly convicted man, and perhaps examining how his conviction could have happened, they’ve passed a law making it less likely that they’ll be asked to compensate the wrongly convicted in the future. Not because death row will be free of innocent people — the bill does nothing to ensure better capital defense, or curb prosecutorial misconduct, or address other deficiencies in the system. Instead, the new law merely makes it more likely that the wrongly convicted will be dead long before their innocence can be discovered.”

 

 See you next week!

                                                      Esther