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Texas death sentence commuted

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A hurrah is due Texas Gov. Rick Perry and all the thousands who pressed for commutation.

clipped from www.chron.com

HUNTSVILLE, Texas
— Gov. Rick Perry accepted a recommendation from the state parole board and said Thursday he would spare condemned prisoner Kenneth Foster from execution and commute his sentence to life.Foster had been scheduled to die Thursday evening.”After carefully considering the facts of this case, along with the recommendation 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.”I am concerned about Texas law that allowed capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously and it is an issue I think the legislature should examine.”The seven-member parole board had voted 6-1 to recommend the commutation.

 

But I find the victory somewhat hollow: Should we really cage people forever for things they did as teen-agers? This kid is black (so, when busted, he probably gets a stiffer sentence than whites). His daddy was in jail on a drug charge. And when the shooting started, he was just 19.

Oh, man, your life!


Related posts: Carter, Tutu urge clemency for Foster
Non-murderer to be executed for murder in Texas
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Written by Monte

August 30, 2007 at 2:47 pm

Posted in Religion

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  1. Well, at least a life was saved! As to the correctional industrial complex, we can be inspired to change the system by using a concept called restorative justice. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a good introduction to it can be found at:

    Restorative Justice Online-Introduction

    Keep working for justice Monte, you’re good at it!

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

    ClapSo

    August 31, 2007 at 4:32 pm


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