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Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.5.20

                   Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 8.5.20

And no, we have not moved but it is never too early to get organized, especially when one is about to move, and so last week we began working on the fall edition of our newsletter Wings of Hope. Each edition is always a challenge but one which we are not only glad to meet but one which brings with it the satisfaction of accomplishment, of having succeeded one more time.

The Federal government has scheduled 2 executions in August on the 26th and 28th and more for September. One of these is for a Navajo Indian. As the crime was committed on the Navajo reservation and the Navajo Nation opposes the death penalty it would appear that the Federal government has no right to proceed with the execution. “The federal government’s announcement that it now plans to execute Lezmond Mitchell demonstrates the ultimate disrespect for the Navajo Nation’s values and sovereignty,” his attorneys, Jonathan Aminoff and Celeste Bacchi said in a statement Wednesday.”

We discussed the latest article by Shari Silberstein of EJUSA on restorative justice:”An anti-racist vision of accountability repairs harm instead of causing more of it. This process, modeled on restorative justice, begins with the essential step of acknowledging and taking responsibility for the harm. From there, accountability continues with additional steps to make things right and prevent future harm.” An article in the New York Times by Adam Liptak “A Vast Racial Gap in the Death Penalty Cases” quotes a study that finds that defendants convicted of killing White people were more likely to be executed than those who killed Black people. Our criminal justice system has a long way to go before it acknowledges how race affects every aspect of it and one wonders whether it will ever be able to free itself of racist rulings. Quite frankly for those of us who have been around the death penalty for 36 years the fact that executions are the modern day lynching has always been obvious.

We also discussed the article from the Brennan Center for Justice by Andrew Cohen “Even the Boston Marathon Bomber Deserved Unbiased Jurors” with the subtitle:”A courageous federal ruling breathes new life into fair trial rights for defendants” .We hope that one day courage will not be needed in order to have fair trial rights for defendants and that this will be the norm.

Esther was interviewed by Mia Kortright of the Anniston Star.

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!