Death Penalty for Bystander in Murder

Death Penalty for Bystander in Murder

(Washington, D.C.) — Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today condemned the scheduled August 30 execution of Kenneth Foster, who was convicted of a murder he did not commit and has consistently denied knowing would occur. The human rights organization has mobilized its international membership to urge the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry to grant clemency.

Foster was sentenced to death in 1997 for the murder of Michael LaHood under Texas’ controversial “law of parties.” This law abolishes the distinction between principal actor and accomplice in a crime and allows both to be held equally culpable.

“This is a new low for Texas,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA. “Texas has the most far-reaching ‘law of parties’ in this country, further marking it as the death penalty capital of the United States. In essence, Kenneth Foster has been sentenced to death for leaving his crystal ball at home. There is no concrete evidence demonstrating that he could know a murder would be committed. Allowing his life to be taken is a shocking perversion of the law.”

From Amnesty International: Of course this is happening in Texas. Where else do people discard common sense so freely?

Comments (4 comments)

K. Bandell / August 25th, 2007, 6:56 pm / #1

…in order to add your voice to the voices of thousands, please contact Governor Rick Perry at (512)463-1782 – telephone or at (512)463-1849 – facsimile
asking that all three executions scheduled for next week be stayed and that sentences of Mr. Moseley, of Mr. Amador and of Mr. Foster be be commuted to humane alternatives….in peace….(562)864-8957….

Spanish Inquisitor / August 29th, 2007, 7:54 pm / #2

Remember Kenneth Foster……

…because there is a good chance that by the time many of you read this, he will be dead. He is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas on Thursday evening. He will be executed for having committed the crime of murder. He will also be execu…

BlackSun / August 30th, 2007, 4:20 pm / #3


Black Sun Journal » Archives » Sanity Returns to Texas / August 30th, 2007, 4:33 pm / #4

[…] 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. […]

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