Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 10.12.22

The Alabama Supreme Court set November 17th as the execution date for Kenneth Eugene Smith whose jury had recommended life without the possibility of parole by an 11-1 vote.. Talking Points are posted on our website http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts as well as contact for Governor Ivey for letters, emails and calls. Please also sign the petition https://bit.ly/KennnethSmith from our friends at Death Penalty Action. As always we are doing all we can to be supportive of our brother who has an execution date, stopping by his cell for conversation and last weekend even cooking up a storm. Kenny is very appreciative of the support from outsiders as well as the support from his brothers on the Row.

When one thinks Alabama cannot get more uncivilized than it already is it does its best to prove one wrong. “The Alabama attorney general’s office in the last Tuesday court filing asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set a new execution date for Alan Eugene Miller. The state did not give a timeframe, but asked the justices to take the matter up before deciding a pending execution date request involving another inmate.” Meanwhile Alan Eugene Miller, the death row inmate Alabama tried to execute last month, is claiming in a new court filing that Alabama prison workers poked him with needles for over an hour before calling off the set execution. Miller is the only living execution survivor in the United States.

We also discussed the outrageous statement from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office denying that Joe Nathan James Jr., who was executed in July, was given intramuscular sedatives or that he underwent an invasive ‘cutdown’ procedure. We are just grateful for the private autopsy performed by Dr. Joel Zivot who is an ICU physician with extensive experience in the intersection of medicine, law, bioethics and policy.

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. Stay safe!

Esther

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