Kenneth Foster Jr. is scheduled to be executed in Texas later this month for the murder of Michael LaHood, even though everybody — even the prosecutors — knows Foster did not kill the man.ABC News spoke to legal experts who are shocked at Texas' bloodthirsty application of the law in this case:
"These are extraordinarily severe consequences about what was at best, a guess about what was in [Foster's] mind when these things happened," Robert C. Owen, a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin law school said.Foster's attorney points out that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has only recommended commutation of a death sentence twice in all its years - and the last time, Gov. Perry over-ruled them.
A spokesman for Perry told ABC that Texans overwhelmingly support the death penalty, and that Perry, in his suppot for it, is "carrying out the will of the people." Yeah, be sure to was your hands, Governor.
My long-time friend Kyle Moore writes.
I’m not arguing that Foster is not a criminal, nor that he is innocent, but the way I understand it, the Death Penalty is reserved for only those most heinous of crimes, for the taking of another life. Foster simply did not do this, everyone knows it, and yet he is likely to be executed despite the facts.Some will say Kyle would feel differently if it had been his close friend, his family memebr, who was murdered.
Maybe. maybe not. Sean Paul Kelly at the Agonist was one of the murdered man's two closest friends. Here's what he has to say:
You see, one night in August 1996 one of my best friends, Michael LaHood, was murdered by Mauriceo Brown. And Kenneth Foster, Jr. was driving for Mauriceo that night. I don't know what the circumstances of Kenneth's involvement were beyond the fact that he was still in the car when Mauriceo pulled the trigger that sent a bullet through my friends brain, ending his life immediately.Kenneth Foster Jr's case will be heard by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on the 28th of August and he is scheduled for execution on the 30th.
I;m going to leave the last word to Michael LaHood's good friend, Sean Paul, and ask each of you to search your conscience and maybe pass this story around some.
Whenever people ask me about the death penalty I always reply: when you make it to the Pearly Gates, and Saint Peter asks, "justice or mercy?" Which will you choose?