Corinne Bailey Rae 03. Put Your Records On

The Alabama Department of Corrections has rejected a Montgomery Advertiser request for documents about the July 28 execution of Joe Nathan James Jr., writing it considers documents about executions to be exempt from public disclosure.

The Advertiser’s request, mailed Aug. 2, sought communications between the ADOC and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office the evening James was executed, along with a copy of the protocol followed. A similar request was mailed to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

The news organization sought the records to answer questions about the execution, specifically what occurred during a nearly three-hour delay the night James was put to death. When media witnesses were seated in the death chamber, James had his eyes closed; he didn’t move and didn’t respond when asked for his last words. ADOC officials later said James was not sedated but that they could not say whether he was “fully conscious” before the lethal drugs began to flow.

Joe Nathan James, Jr. execution:What we know, don’t know about 3-hour delay [See murder at holman part 5]

In an Aug. 11 letter the Advertiser received on Monday, Rosie Shingles of ADOC’s Research and Planning Division wrote that the Advertiser was seeking “protected and confidential, security sensitive information that does not reasonably need to be viewed by the public and would be detrimental to the public’s best interest.”

The letter also said the news organization’s request could result in the release of “records concerning security plans, procedures, assessments, measures, or systems having an impact upon the security or safety of ADOC facilities and individuals.”

“Furthermore, the Alabama Department of Corrections considers execution-related information and documents confidential and exempt from public disclosure under Alabama law,” the letter stated. “Therefore, your request is denied.” 

James was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of his former girlfriend, Faith Hall of Birmingham. Prosecutors said James terrorized Hall for months before shooting her in her home.


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