Alabama abortion law raised hope for the implementation reprieve

FILE – This photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Michael Brandon Samra. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey refused a postponement for Samra, an inmate set for execution Thursday, 16 May 2019, the night for a quadruple murder that took place after a dispute over a pick-up truck, the prisoner’s lawyer said. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

ATMORE, Ala. – A lawyer for a condemned inmate said that he hoped to Gov. Kay Ivey may be a grant request for grace, and the block of the execution after she spoke about her belief that “life is precious” in the signing of a bill to virtually ban abortion in Alabama.

It was not his.

Michael Brandon Samra killed by lethal injection Thursday night for his capital murder conviction in a four dead after Ivey, a Republican, rejected his request for a postponement of a few hours after the signing of the abortion law.

Steve Sears, the lawyer, said he had a hard time reconciling Ivey’s “pro-life” position on abortion in its approval of the execution.

“I think they didn’t mean it,” he said after the execution at Holman prison.

With the approval of the new abortion law, Ivey said the legislation “stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deep-seated belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

After the execution, Ivey seemed to draw a line between that position and her position on the death penalty for Samra fact that the “four lives that were brutally taken, much too soon.”

“Alabama will not stand for the loss of life in our state, and with this horrible crime, we must respond with punishment,” she said in a statement.

Samra, 41, and a friend, Mark Duke, were convicted of capital murder in the death of the Duke’s father, the father of the girlfriend and the wife, two elementary-age daughters in 1997. The two adults were shot and children had their throats cut. It was shown Duke plan the murders because he was angry his father wouldn’t let him use his pick-up.

Families of the victims thanked law enforcement and the community for support in a statement read by the Prison Commissioner Jeff Dunn after the execution.

“This is a painful journey. Today justice was done,” says the statement of the survivors, six of whom were witnesses.

Samra was aware of the new state law on abortion, Sears said, but Ivey’s position didn’t give him any hope for a reprieve.

“He stepped down the entire time,” he said Friday. “Even if there had been a fair chance for the hope that he would not have had.”

Republican legislators passed the abortion law in the hope of provoking a legal challenge that will result in the Supreme court of the V. S. a review of the 1973 decision that abortion is legalized nationwide. The law outlaws abortion except in the cases where the mother’s life is in danger and not include exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

While the women would not face criminal charges for the search of an abortion, everyone has the run of the procedure can be sentenced to 99 years in prison.

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