The Alabama Supreme Court set September 22nd as the execution date for Alan Eugene Miller, a severely mentally disturbed man. Talking Points are posted on our website http://www.phadp.org/?q=alerts. Please do all you can!
We are still stunned by the total lack of respect by this state for the wishes of the family of Faith Hall, the murder victim, seeing that Alabama always justifies executions by touting the need for closure for the family. In the Montgomery Advertiser Joe’s sister is quoted: “Sister of Joe Nathan James: Circumstances surrounding execution warrant an investigation. “Of course, they unilaterally decided, against the wishes of the victim’s family, to execute the second Black man during this election year,” Craig wrote. “They didn’t care about the wishes of the victim’s family because the victim’s family are not their constituents.”
Obviously the continued fallout from Joe Nathan’s execution, including the article by Pulitzer Prize Winner for commentary in 2007, Cynthia Tucker, makes us hope that changes will come. When they do it will be thanks to our attorneys and also the press and we also hope the work that we contribute behind the scenes.
We appreciated and quote from “THIS WEEK FROM DPIC” “The innocence case of Alabama death-row prisoner Toforest Johnson has drawn substantial support from former judges, jurors, prosecutors, and state bar presidents, but disinterest by current Alabama officials has left Johnson languishing on death row. So argues journalist Radley Balko in his Washington Post column on July 28, 2022.” These updates from the DPIC are always part of our meetings.
The articles for the fall edition of our Newsletter Wings of Hope are due today.
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!