Weekly Report from the Board Meeting at Holman Prison 12.13.23
The State of Alabama has set 1.25.24 as the execution date for Kenneth Smith. The Talking Points are at https://www.phadp.org/execution-alert-kenneth-eugene-smith/ on our website. Please: Take action to spare Kenneth’s life at bit.ly/KennethSmithAL or at athttps://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-execution-of-kenneth-smith and write to the Governor as well!
Robert Grass, an attorney for Smith, stated that his defense team is disappointed in the decision and will continue to fight in court.“We remain hopeful that those who review this case will see that a second attempt to execute Mr. Smith — this time with an experimental, never-before-used method and with a protocol that has never been fully disclosed to him or his counsel — is unwarranted and unjust,”. Attorneys for Kenneth Eugene Smith filed an amended lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the proposed new execution method. There is a hearing in Montgomery 12.20.23.
Our Advisory Board Member Gary Drinkard really did us proud in Rome and we were delighted with a follow up call from Carlo Santoro of Sant’Egidio and the wish and promise to be involved in Alabama. We believe that we have gained a strong supporter to help us with lifting up the execution for Kenny as well as long term. We are grateful!
https://open.substack.com/pub/substantialrisk/p/alabama-reveals-new-details-of-its?r=27c2ta&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email by our friend Lauren Gill, “Alabama reveals new details of the plan to execute prisoners with nitrogen gas.”
Thank you to our Advisory Board Member Shelley Douglass who dedicated her birthday fundraiser on Facebook to our organization! Your presence in our lives makes all the difference!
And here is our Christmas card list: https://www.phadp.org/christmas-card-list-2023/ . Thank you to all who were so kind as to respond.
Our Christmas newsletter is at the printer and should be out shortly!
And finally Alabama's upcoming gas execution could harm witnesses and violate religious liberty - NPR ! Thank you, Rev. Jeff Hood who has honored us by officially joining our organization.
We thank all who are working so hard and diligently to stop all killing in Alabama! And as always in closing, we 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. And if you would like to order our book “Ghosts Over the Boiler” you can do so at Amazon.com. Stay well and be kind to each other!