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Texas: Smarter than Florida, but Meaner than Hell

texas22323.jpgNo offense against our Texas readers, but the folks who run your state are batshit, cruel, moronic, knee-jerk religiofucks who need to have their patellas thumped with Louisville Sluggers. Why? Well because, in three weeks, your state — in its all its infinite wisdom — will execute Kenneth Foster. And what was his crime? He was about 100 yards away from Michael LaHood when Maurice Brown killed him.

So, under Texas’ completely absurd “law of parties” statute, the state can impose the death penalty on anybody involved in a crime where a murder occured (Texas is the only state that imposes the law of parties in capital cases). In this case, Foster was the driver of a car with three passengers, one of whom was Brown. Brown left the car, got into a fight with LaHood, and killed him. Nevermnd that there was evidence (inadmissable at trial) that showed that Foster never even knew that Brown was going to kill LaHood; nevermind that the murder was unplanned; and nevermind that Foster never touched LaHood.

Foster didn’t kill anyone, yet under a Texas law where someone can be factually innocent of a crime yet still face the death penalty, Kenneth Foster may soon be dead. For giving a ride to the wrong goddamn person.

Texas: You’re awesome.

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You have your opinion, the jury had another. The evidence showed that Foster drove the car that followed Michael LaHood, Jr. and his date around the north part of town. They followed LaHood into his neighborhood drove past him as he pulled into his parents driveway then came back as he and his date got out of the car and Foster stopped the car and Brown got out went up to LaHood and shot him in the head killing him. The argument you speak of was LaHood questioning Brown as to their following him. Foster sat in his car, less than 50 feet away, not 100 yards away and drove Brown away after Brown got back into his car thereby aiding and abetting Brown in fleeing the scene.

During the punishment phase of the trial the jury gort to hear about Foster and Brown pulling off a robbery and killing the drtiver of a shuttle van which had occurred about one week prior to the killing of LaHood. Foster is not the poster boy you think he is.

Dustin,

I respect your blog and your opinions however not all of us are batshit, cruel, moronic, knee-jerk religiofucks who live only to execute or kill folks. The article you quoted from had some of the information wrong as I remember the evidence. I am not passing judgment on this case, I am just saying that under the law Foster could be and was found a party to the offense. The 5th Circuit has apparently agreed so it will be going up to the Supremes to reverse and remand if they decide that is what should happen.

The law in Texas has since changed giving a jury the option now to sentence someone like Foster to life without the possibility of parole if they believe he poses a future continuing threat to the community. It was a welcome change to the system in my humble opinion.

Keep up the good work you do in your blog.

I'm actively opposed to the death penalty, but Foster isn't pure as the driven snow.

He's a person who did some crappy things. A person who should have received life without parole.

I'm commonly perceived as a batshit-crazy moron here in Texas. It's fun.

No offense against our Texas readers, but the folks who run your state are batshit, cruel, moronic, knee-jerk religiofucks who need to have their patellas thumped with Louisville Sluggers.

reading comprehension is fun!