Lawrence Foster, the grandfather of Kenneth Foster, jr, has passed away. He advocated tirelessly to prevent his grandson’s execution (which was commuted to life only six hours before the execution was scheduled to take place on August 30, 2007). He lobbied legislators and the governor, and attended numerous rallies, and other events. Here he is speaking to the press along with State Rep Harold Dutton at a press conference in the Texas Capitol to advocate for a bill to end the death penalty in law of parties cases. May everyone have someone on their side in rough times as true, faithful and courageous as Mr Foster!
The Law of Parties death penalty reform bill HB 1340 by Rep Jeff Leach, Rep Harold Dutton and 8 other co-authors and that passed the House on an overwhelming vote has been referred to the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence. It must still have a hearing in the committee, then pass the committee, and go to the full Senate for a vote.
The bill by Representative Jeff Leach would prohibit the imposition of the death penalty in law of parties cases in which the person charged under the law of parties did not kill anyone or intend anyone to be killed. It passed the full House on second reading 139-4. It passed on third reading the next day and has now been sent to the Senate.
Both Rep Jeff Leach’s and Rep Harold Dutton’s separate bills to prohibit the death penalty in law of parties cases have passed the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence and will now go to the Calendars Committee to be voted on whether to be sent to the full House for a vote. The votes on both were 7-2.
- Texas Moratorium Network (TMN) is a non-profit organization with the primary goal of mobilizing statewide support for a moratorium on executions in Texas. Significant death penalty reform in Texas, including a moratorium on executions, is a viable goal if the public is educated on the death penalty system and is encouraged to contact their elected representatives to urge passage of moratorium legislation.
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