Thursday, August 30, 2007

Foster Execution Called Off

GREAT news!

Hours before Kenneth Foster, Jr., was scheduled to be executed for a murder he did not commit, Texas Gov. Rick Perry spared his life, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Praise the Lord and HALLELUJAH!

In a 6-1 vote, the Board of Pardons and Paroles this morning recommended that Perry commute the death sentence.

And Perry not only agreed with the Board and commuted Foster's sentence but in so many words counseled state legislators to change the law. DRIVING THE GETAWAY CAR does not merit the needle.

The L.A. Times explains:
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."
Well folks, were it not for Gov. Tim Kaine's veto during the last session in Richmond, Virginia would now have on the books a similiar law. The needle would not be for the worst of the worst but anyone tangentially involved.

Let's hope and pray the General Assembly has the good sense to not introduce a bill that would do away with the "triggerman rule" next year.

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