THE OFFICE OF GOV. KAY IVEY
Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday asked Attorney General Steve Marshall to withdraw the state’s two pending motions to set execution dates in the cases of Alan Eugene Miller and James Edward Barber, the only two death row inmates with such motions currently pending before the Alabama Supreme Court.
Working in conjunction with Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm, Ivey is asking that the Department of Corrections undertake a top-to-bottom review of the state’s execution process, and how to ensure the state can successfully deliver justice going forward.
Ivey issued the following statement:
“For the sake of the victims and their families, we’ve got to get this right. I don’t buy for a second the narrative being pushed by activists that these issues are the fault of the folks at Corrections or anyone in law enforcement, for that matter. I believe that legal tactics and criminals hijacking the system are at play here.
“I will commit all necessary support and resources to the Department to ensure those guilty of perpetrating the most heinous crimes in our society receive their just punishment. I simply cannot, in good conscience, bring another victim’s family to Holman looking for justice and closure, until I am confident that we can carry out the legal sentence.” – Governor Kay Ivey
The governor also requests that the attorney general not seek additional execution dates for any other death row inmates until the top-to-bottom review is complete. Ivey said she appreciates the hard work of the attorney general and his team to pursue justice in these cases and looks forward to receiving the input of his office, as appropriate, as the review moves forward.
Hamm added the following comment:
“I agree with Governor Ivey that we have to get this right for the victims’ sake. Everything is on the table — from our legal strategy in dealing with last minute appeals, to how we train and prepare, to the order and timing of events on execution day, to the personnel and equipment involved. The Alabama Department of Corrections is fully committed to this effort and confident that we can get this done right.” – Commissioner John Hamm