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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.4.17

Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.4.17


We are on a roller coaster! As you know on Monday the State appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to lift the stay granted by the 11th of the execution of Jeffrey Borden scheduled for tomorrow. Yesterday Borden’s attorneys asked the U. S. Supreme Court to keep the execution on hold. Meanwhile Jeff has been moved to the death cell.

On Friday there had been wonderful news. As you already know, John Palombi, Assistant Federal Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Alabama, who represents both Borden and McNabb stated, "We are pleased that the 11th Circuit has enjoined Mr. Borden's execution. This will allow his challenge to Alabama's method of execution to proceed without the threat of an impending execution, and will permit the District Court to have sufficient time to give this case the measured consideration it deserves."  McNabb’s request for a similar stay cannot be filed until tomorrow but we are hopeful, just as we hope the current stay will not be lifted. The challenge to Alabama’s method of execution to which Attorney Palombi refers would of course affect many others on our death row who have exhausted their other appeals. As we like to say, time is a death row inmate’s friend.

Thank you to all who stood and continue to stand with us both here in Alabama, in the nation as well as overseas, individuals as well as organizations such as Alabama New South Coalition, the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, SOS, JAM, Alabama Arise and the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty.

Last week there was a very disappointing ruling in the 11 Circuit Court of Appeals which upheld the death sentence of Bobby Waldrop who is white. The white judge presiding over the trial stated when he overrode the jury recommendation that “If I had not imposed the death sentence (in this case) I would have sentenced three black people to death and no white people.” Race is not meant to be a factor at a trial although of course we all know that it is. The issue was denied because it should have been raised earlier and which takes us back to the issue of ineffective early representation which determines who ends up on death row and who does not. A positive ruling would have helped many on Alabama death row no matter their race.

Please continue to call Governor Ivey 334 242 7100 and request clemency for Jeffrey Borden who could be executed tomorrow and Torrey McNabb who is scheduled to be executed 10.19. 17.


 See you next week!