Hello Freedom Fighters,
Young Brother Kenneth Foster is scheduled to die this evening. Please call the Governor Rick Perry immediately (Board members telephone numbers listed also).
We have waited all night for a decision. As Mr. Axel points out: If this death penalty is carried out, there is no such thing as clemency in the state of Texas.
It is my understanding that Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to attend and speak at the Texas NAACP Convention this year.
ALERT! Call Governor Perry Immediately
Telephone: 512-463-2000 Fax: (512) 463-1849
Here is an editorial from the Fort Worth Star Telegram supporting our efforts. Every phone call is important.
Thanks and be blessed,
Rev. Kyev Tatum
Editorial - No needle
Fort Worth Star-Telegram – August 30, 2007
Although his statement could have been phrased a tad more gently, Gov. Rick Perry was on target when he informed the European Union that Texans aren't too concerned about what Europeans think when it comes to his state's use of the death penalty.
Calls from South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter to spare the life of Death Row inmate Kenneth Foster Jr. are likely to receive similar dismissals.
But Perry and the state Board of Pardons and Paroles should be listening to what Texans say when it comes to today's scheduled execution by lethal injection of Foster, who did not fire the gun that ended Michael LaHood's life that Aug. 15, 1996, night in San Antonio.
Thirteen members of the Texas House petitioned Perry and the board to commute Foster's sentence to life without parole.
Those voices -- those of legislators who, in the words of their Aug. 23 letter, "are responsible for making the laws of the State of Texas" and "also assume responsibility for protecting our system of justice from mistakes" -- argued that the execution of Foster "is just wrong."
No one who has read the case file can argue that Foster is a complete innocent. He was driving the car that carried the triggerman, Mauriceo Brown, who was executed in 2006 for killing LaHood. Foster was present earlier in the evening when Brown and two other men committed two robberies.
Prosecutors in this case used the state's "law of parties" statutes to hold Foster criminally responsible for the actions of another. Under Section 7.02(b) of the state penal code, if two or more "conspirators" agree to commit a crime and in the process commit another, each conspirator is guilty of the crime committed if the crime was "one that should have been anticipated."
Foster deserves to spend a long, long time -- if not the rest of his life -- behind bars for what he did do that night. But he does not deserve to die -- not today.