(a) A person convicted of a Class A or Class B felony in this state shall be a candidate for a posthumous pardon if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
Terms Used In Alabama Code 15-22-113
- Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- following: means next after. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
- Testify: Answer questions in court.
(1) He or she is deceased.
(2) The person’s circumstances of conviction provide a compelling reason or reasons to consider granting a posthumous pardon to remedy social injustice associated with racial discrimination.
(3) He or she did not receive a pardon for his or her felony conviction at issue from this state while living.
(4) The acts forming the basis for his or her felony conviction or convictions at issue were committed at least 80 years prior to the date of the petition.
(b) A petitioner may petition the board to consider granting a posthumous pardon for a specific compelling reason or reasons for the purpose of remedying social injustice associated with racial discrimination evident by the person’s circumstances of conviction.
(c)(1) The petition shall include attestations of all of the following:
a. That the petitioner is an eligible petitioner under this article.
b. That the petitioner has personally conducted an intelligent evaluation of the person’s case.
c. The compelling reason or reasons for which the petitioner requests a posthumous pardon for the purpose of remedying social injustice associated with racial discrimination evident by the person’s circumstances of conviction.
d. That all information contained in the petition and any supporting documentation or evidence submitted by the petitioner is believed to be true and accurate.
(2) The petition shall also include supporting documentation or evidence of the compelling reason or reasons supporting the award of a posthumous pardon.
(d) The board shall have no power to grant a posthumous pardon unless the petition specifies a compelling reason or reasons for which the petitioner seeks application for the candidate’s posthumous pardon to remedy social injustice associated with racial discrimination evident by the person’s circumstances of conviction.
(e) Following receipt and review of the petition and supporting documentation or evidence, the board shall conduct a hearing on the petition. The board shall not be required to conduct an investigation to consider or grant a posthumous pardon in accordance with this article, but may rely on the written petition and accompanying documentation or evidence, along with evidence presented at the hearing. The petitioner, public officials, and other witnesses, including members of the public may testify and present evidence at the hearing in support of or in opposition to the petition. The board shall hold ultimate discretion in granting a posthumous pardon. Upon the unanimous affirmative vote of the board, a posthumous pardon may be issued.
(f) The notification requirements of Sections 15-22-23 and 15-22-36, shall not apply to this article, and the board’s power to grant posthumous pardons shall not otherwise be limited by Sections 15-22-23 and 15-22-36. The board shall provide general notice of a posthumous pardon hearing by publicly posting on the state agency website the name of the posthumous pardon candidate along with the date, time, and location of the hearing.