Lawyers for Alabama Man Set To Be Executed Ask For Stay of Execution

-Madison-0030-jpg.jpgAttorneys for one of Alabama's longest serving death row inmates, Vernon Madison, 65, say he should not be executed because he suffers from dementia, and several strokes have caused significant mental decline, including memory loss and a "profound level of disorientation and confusion." Attorneys from the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative filed the emergency stay request Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Alabama. The state attorney general's office must file a response by Monday.

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Testimony of LaShawan Ajamu to Joint Committee on Victims Services in Ohio

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Sister of murdered man gives testimony to Joint Committee. "Nineteen years ago yesterday, on May 3, 1997, I was asleep after a long day at work. In my dream there was a bell ringing. It kept getting louder. It seemed to go on and on, and then I woke up and realized that it was my phone ringing. I was not dreaming.  I came to my senses and answered what turned out to be, for me and my family, the proverbial middle of the night phone call. The call none of us want to ever receive."

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Ohio Failing Murder Victims' Families

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Melinda Dawson, daughter of murder victim and chair of the board of directors for Ohioans to Stop Executions, stated, "I’m sharing my story now because Ohio has an opportunity to evaluate the needs of homicide survivors and the services available to them. Unfortunately, the Joint Committee on Victim Services established for this task is not conducting a thorough analysis of the agencies that provide services to crime victims, nor is it effectively seeking the input of Ohio victim survivors."

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