A miscarriage of justice will take place this week without the intervention of Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Kenneth Foster is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday. Foster was not the trigger man. He was sitting in a car 90 feet away when a shooting took place. These facts are not in dispute. Foster does not appear to be a good guy, but he did not kill anyone. The Dallas Morning News had an editorial on this yesterday, and it was also pointed out by Unfair Park. The Waco Tribune Herald ran this column.
You can contact the Governor through his web page at www.governor.state.tx.us/contact. I sent him a short note. I know that only my friends and family are reading this, but maybe a few more voices can help make a difference.
The sentence was commuted (hat tip to Mr. Roberts). Gov. Perry did the right thing here. Eventually maybe we can decide that a civilized society does not execute its citizens. I have hope that we can get there, even in Texas.