The Campaign For DA

8.30.2007

Death Row Games


Lots of activity today on this case. I just saw where the parole board has recommended to Gov. Perry that he commute the death sentence to a life in prison sentence. You NEVER see that happen.

Edit: Gov. Perry just commuted the sentence. Holy cow. When's the last time that happened?

I'm really not that familiar with the case other than to know this guy was driving the get-a-way car that was some 90 feet from where his co-defendant shot and killed another man. Foster (they guy above) was convicted under the "law of parties" and sentenced to death.

The law of parties allows for a defendant to be held equally responsible for the conduct of another if that person "acting with intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense."

So in this case, the jury found that Foster intended to "promote or assist" the offense of capital murder. I have no idea if they are right, but that's what they found.

I'm against the death penalty. But the talk shows and print media are acting like this man got the death penalty for driving a get-a-way car when he had no idea his buddy was going to murder someone. That's not what the jury found.