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Sanity Returns to Texas

Sanity Returns to Texas

Common sense and justice may have had something to do with it, but it was the parole board’s recommendation that did the trick. Texas Governor Rick Perry spared the life of death-row inmate Kenneth Foster who had been scheduled to die tonight. (previous post)

“After carefully considering the facts of this case, along with the recommendations from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, I believe the right and just decision is to commute Foster’s sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment,” Perry said in a statement.

The governor did not address the Texas law that allows an accomplice to be given the death penalty, but said, “I am concerned about Texas law that allows capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously, and it is an issue I think the Legislature should examine.”

Foster was tried alongside Mauriceo Brown, the man who committed the murder. Brown was executed last year.

Let’s hope the legislature gets to it soon. Amnesty and other human rights organizations have far more pressing business around the world than contending with this kind of nonsense going on in America, land of the supposedly free.


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