Alabama Death Row Inmate Set for Execution Today Requests Stay from Alabama Supreme Court

November 2, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

An Alabama death row inmate, 74-year-old Thomas Arthur, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection today at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. But his attorneys have asked the Alabama Supreme Court for a stay or vacation of his execution.

Arthur’s attorneys filed the petition to stay or vacate on Tuesday, two days before his set execution date, because they say the constitutionality of Alabama’s death penalty laws remains in question.
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Alabama’s Last Execution Was An Atrocity

October 28, 2016

By Stephen Cooper
Alabama Political Reporter

The last time Alabama played God, executing death row inmate Christopher Brooks by lethal injection on January 21, 2016, The Montgomery Advertiser and al.com published a column of mine in which I wrote:

“Initial reports out of Alabama are that the execution went as ‘smoothly’ as killing a reasonably healthy 43-year-old man can go. In any event, it appears there was no visible evidence Brooks suffered bodily distress as the lethal drugs were administered, prompting Alabama Prison Commissioner Jeff Dunn to say that the execution with the controversial sedative drug midazolam ‘went exactly as planned[.]” (See Executions are hardly an exact science, on February 8, 2016, and Courts denied phone to attorneys of man condemned to death, on February 9, 2016).

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