Kenneth Foster's Execution (Updated)
What you can do to stop his execution.
By Wells Dunbar,
2:20PM, Thu. Aug. 30, 2007
The pending execution of Kenneth Foster – scheduled for tomorrow – is some truly debased, embarrassing bullshit for the state of Texas and society as as whole. There's no question as to whether he killed anyone – he didn't – yet under Texas' perverse, antiquated "law of parties," he's as guilty for riding in a car with said murderer. Understandably, people are up in arms. Here's a sampling of what's out there.
"I am no wild-eyed, pointy-headed liberal. I am the former elected Bexar County District Attorney (1983-1987)," Sam Millsap writes the Board of Pardons. "I am responsible for the prosecution of more than a few death penalty cases, all of which produced convictions and executions … Is there no limit to our lust in this state for retribution? How many people must we execute for this crime before justice is served? Having already executed the shooter, what benefit results from the execution of someone who was simply nearby and had no idea that a murder would be committed? As the civilized world watches in amazement that a single American state has executed 400 people in the last 25 years, what does it say about us if we are willing to execute someone who was in the car when this horrible crime was committed? Surely, there is a limit to what we are capable of in this state."
Also, 13 state reps have written in, demanding clemency: Harold Dutton, Mike Villareal, Eddie Rodriguez, Donna Howard, Alma Allen, Terri Hodge and Ruth Jones McClendon singed a joint letter, while Sylvester Turner, Helen Giddings, Dora Olivo, Elliot Naishtat, Lon Burnam and Jessica Farrar wrote in individually.
Lastly, here's some contact numbers for you out there: the Governor is 512-463-2000, while the Board of Pardons and Paroles is 512-406-5852. Fax letters requesting clemency or stay to Maria Ramierez, Legal Support Director, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles at 512 467-0945.
UPDATE: With the world watching, the Governor does the right thing:
Gov. Rick Perry accepted a parole board recommendation Thursday to spare condemned inmate Kenneth Foster, the getaway driver in a 1996 murder who had been scheduled for execution within hours.