Doyle Lee Hamm has been on Alabama’s death row at Donaldson Correctional Facility for over thirty years, since 1987. His case has now been resolved. You can read the media coverage here.
Death Penalty Litigation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta has appointed Professor Bernard E. Harcourt to represent an Alabama inmate who has been on death row for 26 years. Doyle Hamm is appealing the denial of his federal habeas corpus petition by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham.
“This is a classic case—typical in the capital punishment context—where a death row inmate sits for decades awaiting death and the courts never get to the merits of his case, always instead fighting over procedural technicalities,” Harcourt said. “If the federal court in Birmingham had gone straight to the merits of Hamm’s case, justice would move a lot faster and the process would have a lot more legitimacy.”