Bill Creates Commission to Review Convictions
A Senate committee plans a hearing Wednesday on a bill that could establish a new commission to investigate felony convictions in certain cases, and impose a year-long freeze on capital punishment in Alabama. The bill, sponsored by Senator Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery, would create an Innocence Inquiry Commission within the state court system. Though the bill is not specific to death penalty cases, it is aimed to ensure fairness in the capital punishment process. Alabama has put 57 people to death since executions resumed in the state in 1983. The bill, if passed, would bring a halt to executions in the state until June 1, 2017. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh of Anniston has signed on as co-sponsor.