HB 2267 (the Law of Parties bill) is on the General State Calendar and could be voted on by the full Texas House of Representatives today, or tomorrow if they do not get to it today.
If passed, this bill would prohibit Texas from seeking the death penalty for people who do not kill but are convicted under the Law of Parties and it would require separate trials for co-defendants in death penalty cases.
If you live in Texas call your own Texas state representative today and urge them to vote for HB 2267. Click here to find out who your Texas state representative is.
After you call your own state representative, you can call any other state representative from this list.
Tell the office you call that HB 2267 is on the General State Calendar for a vote by the full House.
Sample Message (change it to your own words) “Hello, I am calling to urge Representative X to vote in favor of HB 2267, the Law of Parties bill. It is on the General State Calendar. HB 2267 would require separate trials for co-defendants in capital trials and would prohibit the state from seeking the death penalty for people who do not kill anyone but are convicted under the Law of Parties. I do not believe it is fair to sentence someone to death, like Kenneth Foster was, if they did not kill anyone.”
The Law of Parties allows people who “should have anticipated” a murder to receive the death penalty for the actions of another person who killed someone. A person sentenced to death under the Law of Parties has not killed anyone. They are accomplices or co-conspirators of one felony, such as robbery, during which another person killed someone. A person should not be executed for the actions of another person.
Thank you and call your state rep today!