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Friday, August 17, 2007

Call for a Reprieve from Death

Kenneth Eugene Foster, Jr. will be put to death by lethal injection on August 30, 2007 unless Texas Governor Rick Perry grants him a reprieve.

Why should the Governor grant him clemency?

The Death Penalty was reinstated in Texas for the purpose of executing those persons who willfully take a life during the commission of another crime, or unless the assailant takes the life of an officer of the law. Kenneth Foster is guilty of neither.

Why he was ever indicted for capital murder, under the Texas Law of Parties charge, is astounding? Why the court even accepted the prosecution of the case is baffling. How a dozen jurors could issue a death decree upon a young 19-year old black man is heart-wrenching? Did they understand that he harmed no one, but that he was an unwitting passenger at the commission of the horrendous crime? Or, does it really make any difference?

Sometimes it makes black people feel like hiding their children in a bomb shelter. This is not right. This is not evenhanded justice.

Trying to pull a young black man from the clutches of death is like trying to redeem a soul from the devil.

The Fight for a Life

On August 15, supporters for Kenneth Foster delivered a stack of petitions to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. A director of the board of pardons and parole said she expects the board to rule on the case on or around August 28, only two days before Foster scheduled execution.

In the meantime, a march aimed at stopping the execution is schedule for Tuesday, August 21, starting at 5pm. The supporter will convene in front of the Capitol at 11th St. and Congress Ave.

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