Brother Eddie shared this news on the fight for Kenneth Foster’s life from KVUE news:
06:35 PM CDT on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
By ELISE HU
Texas is set to reach a milestone no other state can beat. It will execute the 400th inmate since the state resumed the death penalty in 1982. “I believe the death penalty ought to be an option for juries,” said US Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, during a stop in Austin Tuesday.
But opposition to Texas executions is coming from all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. The 27-nation European Union called Texas to put a moratorium on executions, which state leaders quickly rejected.
“It’s none of their business,” said Cornyn. Governor Rick Perry’s office echoed the Senator. “Texans long ago decided that the death penalty is a just and appropriate punishment for the most horrible crimes committed against our citizens,” said Perry spokesman Robert Black. “While we respect our friends in Europe, and appreciate their interest in our laws, Texans are doing just fine governing Texas.”
The call to halt executions comes as Texas prepares to put to death Johnny Ray Conner in Huntsville, for the shooting death of a Houston convenience store owner in 1998.
It’s also putting another upcoming execution in the spotlight. Kenneth Foster is on death row for a 1996 murder, in which he was the getaway car driver, not the shooter.
A Texas law called the “law of parties” okays capital punishment for accomplices.
Foster supporters rallied outside the state capitol Wednesday, calling his sentence unjust. But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld Foster’s sentence, and he’s set to die on August 30.