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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.20.17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 9.20.17

The attorney for Gary Otte who was executed last week by the state of Ohio stated that she believed that the inmate suffered pain during lethal injection. She tried but was unable to get help to stop the execution. Ohio, like Alabama uses midazolam in its execution protocol. In addition, more bad news also for us was that the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a stay even though Otte had been under the age of 21 at the time of the crime.

 

 The Talking Points for both scheduled executions are up on Facebook as well as on our website at http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts . Please act!

A note of appreciation and thank you to the Director of the Savery Library at Talladega College for filling in for us at the Savery Library Student Program. Fortunately Mr. Allen McQueen does have a student history of abolition work and so he was well qualified to do so. He let us know that our information which consisted of copies of the 2 upcoming Execution Alerts, newsletters as well as Talking Points for a Moratorium were well received.

We are happy and grateful to be able to report that our issue, Death Penalty Reform, made it one more time as one of Alabama Arise’s priorities issues for 2018. We have many to thank but in particular we would like to thank our Advisory Board Member Shelley Douglas of Mary’s House, Sara Moran Romano of the Federal Defenders and Cyrus Johnston, long term friend and organizer of the Montgomery vigils on the day of an execution, for their role in making this happen. We appreciate all of you!

 See you next week!

                                                      Esther