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Carter, Tutu urge Texas clemency for Foster

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Will Texas listen or execute a non-murderer for murder?

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Calls for Texas death row prisoner Kenneth Foster to be granted clemency are increasing. Former President Jimmy Carter and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu have urged Texas to stop Thursday’s scheduled execution. Foster’s attorney has filed a last-minute appeal to the US Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles meets today to decide Kenneth Foster’s fate.
Foster is one of three death row prisoners set to die this week in Texas. Last night, the state executed DaRoyce Mosley. Tonight, John Joe Amador is scheduled to be killed. All three men are African American or Latino.
What makes Foster’s case unique is that he’s set to be executed for a murder that the State of Texas admits he didn’t commit or plan.

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I suppose the Governor says he’s “just following the law.” Time we get over the idea that following the law is right when the law in question causes evil. There is a moral right that transcends politically-driven criminal codes.
Killing Kenneth Foster is a greater crime than anything Kenneth Foster did.

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Written by Monte

August 29, 2007 at 1:21 pm

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  1. The governor spared him :)


    August 30, 2007 at 2:07 pm

  2. I just can’t get past the hypocrisy of the state killing someone for killing someone. When you add that there is real evidence that some have been executed even though they were innocent, this is simply a barbaric form of punishment…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

    Monte Says: I’m afraid “barbaric” is an apt adjective for much of the criminal “justice” system. How many teenagers are growing up in prison for stupid kid pranks, or drug issues that nobody got busted for a few decades ago, or because they’re black when the white kid got probation? I find the whole thing heart-breaking and hypocritical: putting people in cages, especially for adolescent nonsense; caging the mentally ill because we won’t fund treatment for them; the hypocrisy is calling this life-destruction “justice,” when it simply is designed to vent public anger on people who stumble into it.


    August 29, 2007 at 4:39 pm

  3. Well that’s stupid – executing him, not the calls for clemency.

    Monte Says: Indeed. Shows how very wicked law can be.


    August 29, 2007 at 1:37 pm

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