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.