this is off-topic for this
blog, but it may be the beginning
of a trend in texas, away from the
costs. . . finally, a texas governor
has shown the wisdom to accept his
own parole board's recommendation (he
ignored it, putting a severely-mentally-ill
man to death, only about half-a-year-
ago) -- kenneth foster's death sentence
has been commuted to life without parole. . .
foster was no angel, but he was no murderer.
foster was simply the get-away car driver in a crime where another admitted to being the trigger-man. in most states, only the trigger-man would be sentenced to death. but not so,
in the bush-gonzales-run texas
state-system of the mid-1990s. . .
[pictured above is foster, his girl-
friend, and her young daughter. . .]
the death penalty is, in all
circumstances, cruel and unusual
punishment -- it violates our
eighth amendment, and our evolving
notions of decency and ordered liberty.
shut it down. forever.