Why follow the law when we have the Judges of the Superior Court of Fulton County?

A Fulton County judge on Monday morning granted a stay of execution to condemned killer Jack Alderman, saying his death sentence is not to be carried out until he has a “meaningful” appointment with the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“If the state’s going to impose the extreme penalty of death … due process of the law is never more important,” Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland said at the close of a 30-minute hearing.

Oh, Lord! You mean that convicted killer Jack Alderman, who has been on death row for more than 30 years…never had a hearing before the Board of Pardons and Parole?

During Monday’s hearing, Joseph Drolet of the state Attorney General’s Office told Westmoreland that Alderman had the opportunity to have a hearing before the board last October but turned it down. In the meantime, the board has considered reams of documents presented to it by Alderman’s lawyers.

“The board has considered and considered and considered this,” Drolet said. “That’s all that’s required of the board.”

So, convicted killer Jack Alderman turned down the hearing, but Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland knows better than you and me. He wants a hearing anyway. Again, it should be noted that the Board of Pardons and Paroles is not required to hold a hearing but Judge Westmoreland wants to order one anyway and to make sure it is “meaningful.”

Pathetic, Judge Westmoreland. Pathetic.  It’s been more than 30 years…let Justice be served.

15 comments

  1. Three Jack says:

    this is the same judge who tried to stop voter id in georgia a few years ago. westmoreland said at the time, “The Court finds the current statute unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote rather than regulate it and irreparable harm will result if the 2006 Photo ID law is not enjoined.”

    i would challenge the good judge to provide evidence supporting the right to vote in this country.

  2. Clearly Judge Westmoreland knows that Alderman really meant “Yes, I want meeting HALP HALP.” I suppose he can also hear the pleas of dogs and other domesticated animals with his extraordinary hearing powers.

  3. boyreporter says:

    “Pathetic, Judge Westmoreland. Pathetic.”

    No, what’s pathetic is you bloodthirsty ayeholz who get off on killing people. We should be better than that. Capital punishment puts us in the company of some pretty disreputable nations.

  4. Rogue109 says:

    Capital punishment puts us in the company of some pretty disreputable nations.

    And so does staying off the Metric System. So what?

    The death penalty is bad because Iran uses it? Do they take 30 years to carry out a sentence? Do they have socialist judges who step in at the last minute to slow the process? Do they have an appellate process at all?

    No, no, no…and….no.

  5. johnmartinforafreegeorgia says:

    So, boyreporter, you are saying that you would rather pay to keep this “man”, that murdered his wife for insurance money, locked up in prison with taxpayer money? Or do you want him to just be released back into the general population?

    So, are you trying to tell us that you are in favor of letting people that murder women just walk free, even after being convicted by their peers?

    Senator Kennedy is that you?

  6. The Comma Guy says:

    What is pathetic is that yet again, a Fulton County judge (and some other uneducated members of the public) think that Hollywood is reality.

    The condemned do NOT have a right to a face to face meeting with the 5 board members. Usually it’s the lawyers and families who attend the PRIVATE meetings. The Court has no business getting involved here. The inmate said he didn’t want a hearing, so who filed this lawsuit? And why wait until the DAY BEFORE???

    Unless the GA Supreme Court fixes this, the 5 Board members are at the whim of the Fulton County Judges to be summoned from their homes to sit and perform an action that there is no basis in law or fact to do.

    This isn’t about the correctness of the death penalty. It’s about yet another Judge who rather than try and change the law by running for political office would rather hide behind his/her robe and force their minority politics upon the rest of us.

  7. Rogue109 says:

    And yes, yes, yes to killing. That’s the point. Scratch that itch!

    So you really don’t want to discuss the issue but, instead, just spout gibberish. Got it.

  8. boyreporter says:

    Johnmartin: Give you guys and opening and it all comes down to money, doesn’t it? What a great world view.

    Rogue: No, you ain’t got it. You’re an idiot. As a matter of fact, I’m so tired of you and your ignorant bunch, just phuck ewe.

  9. I imagine two to three poor people on the streets could have been saved with the tax money spent on Alderman. So not killing him is killing more people, thusly boyreporter supports mass killings based on class.

    See what I did there?

  10. Rogue109 says:

    Rogue: No, you ain’t got it. You’re an idiot. As a matter of fact, I’m so tired of you and your ignorant bunch, just phuck ewe.

    Where was your cogent and sophisticated rebuttal in there? I missed it.

    There is no law that keeps making you post here, guy.

  11. StevePerkins says:

    I imagine two to three poor people on the streets could have been saved with the tax money spent on Alderman. So not killing him is killing more people, thusly boyreporter supports mass killings based on class.

    See what I did there?

    Applied psuedo-logic worthy of a creationism argument?

  12. atlantaman says:

    “No, what’s pathetic is you bloodthirsty ayeholz who get off on killing people. We should be better than that. Capital punishment puts us in the company of some pretty disreputable nations.”

    Whether you agree or disagree with capital punishment, or want to do more things to put us any better standing with other nations, is irrelevant on this specific topic. It’s clearly a legislative decision and for a Fulton Superior Judge to get involved, 30 years later and way down the line of appeals, is just wrong and amazingly arrogant.

    If you agree with this sort of judicial activism, then why bother having a legislature or governor. We could just have a few philosopher king judges that issues arbitrary edicts on a daily basis. The judges could decide the price of gas, whether panhandling should be illegal, and if Bogart can sell beer.

  13. rugby fan says:

    I actually have no problem ensuring that a human being is given a final appointment before he is put to death by the state (I also oppose the death penalty, but that is a different story). He rejected the first meeting but why not give him one last chance? You are dealing with a human life.

    This post just sounds rather bloodthirsty and off-putting.

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